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Lee's activation among Phils' roster moves

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 21 2014 02:33:46 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 21 2014 02:54:19 PM CDT
Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies, 2012 spring training

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The Philadelphia Phillies officially activated left-hander Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list Monday and announced a number of other roster moves.

The Phillies also activated infielder Reid Brignac (ankle) and catcher Wil Nieves (quadriceps) from the 15-day disabled list.

Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was designated for assignment, while infielder Cesar Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Catcher Koyie Hill was outrighted off the roster.

Lee, who has been mentioned in trade rumors this season, will return to the rotation at home Monday night against the San Francisco Giants.

If he hadn't gotten hurt in May, Lee would likely be coveted by several teams in need of a veteran starter.

Now, most teams may be leery about a pitcher coming off an elbow injury and guaranteed $37.5 million after this season.

Lee, who soon turns 36, will have two starts before the trade deadline. If teams need more time to evaluate him and his health, he could still go in a waiver deal after July 31.

Lee, who is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA this season, is ready for the glare of the trade deadline.

"It is what it is. It's out of my control," he said. "I know it's the trade deadline, and I know we haven't played well this year and potentially guys could get traded and I'm obviously one of those guys. I don't know what to think other than that.

"Right now I'm a Phillie, and I'm going to try to help this team win. Hopefully, we can turn it around and get on a stretch and get up close to the trade deadline and next thing you know we're closer to being back in it and it's not an issue. But the next couple of weeks we'll be able to tell."