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Lee not expected back until after All-Star break

Lee not expected back until after All-Star break

MILWAUKEE -- A rain-shortened rehab start Sunday means Cliff Lee will not rejoin the Phillies' rotation until after the All-Star break.

Lee is scheduled to make a second rehab start Wednesday with Class A Clearwater after being limited to just 24 pitches in two innings Sunday. The Phillies planned to have Lee throw Sunday before deciding whether he could rejoin the rotation.

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That won't happen now until after the break.

"We'll wait two days and he'll throw 60-65 pitches for Clearwater on Wednesday and then if he gets through that, we'll go to the next step which is probably one more rehab -- I hope -- and then hopefully ready to go," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Lee, who has been on the disabled list since May 19 with a strained left elbow, is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 starts this season. Whenever he rejoins the Phillies, he will be pitching for scouts from contending teams who will want to see if he is healthy enough to help them down the stretch.

"We'll so how it feels after Wednesday," Amaro said. "He felt fine. No issues. No pain. No issues with the elbow so that's a good sign. Stuff was good. Delivery was good. He was 89-91 mph, so not all that far off from where he usually is."

Catcher Carlos Ruiz, who has been on the seven-day concussion disabled list since June 27, had another impact concussion test Monday. Amaro said Ruiz has improved, and another test is scheduled for Wednesday.

Ruiz could be cleared for baseball activities as early as this weekend, and he could rejoin the team in the middle of the month at the earliest.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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