Cliff Lee, who hasn't pitched in two months, will rejoin the Phillies' rotation in Philadelphia on Monday against the Giants, he told reporters before Friday's 6-4 loss to the Braves.
"I feel as good as I've felt the whole time. I made three rehab starts and am going to pitch Monday," said Lee, who went on the disabled list with an elbow strain after his May 18 start against Cincinnati. "I'm just ready to try to help the team win. That's what I want to do."
Lee, who is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 starts this season, is a candidate to be traded before the July 31 deadline, if he waives his no-trade clause.
"Right now I'm Phillie, and I want to try to help this team win," Lee said. "I'm eager just to get back on the mound and try to help the team win. I've been out for two months now. I'm just ready to do my job."
The 35-year-old, 13-year veteran is 143-90 in his career with a 3.50 ERA for the Indians, Mariners, Rangers and Phillies.
- Chris Mascaro