6/23/2014 11:40 P.M. ET
Lee heading toward possible simulated game
Phillies' ace slated to throw bullpen on Tuesday to test strained left elbow
By Todd Zolecki and Austin Laymance / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee is getting closer to pitching in games, but the Phillies' ace still has a few more tests to pass in his recovery from a strained left elbow. Lee is expected to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park, with a simulated game tentatively scheduled for Saturday.
Lee's bullpen session on Tuesday will feature a heavier workload than his previous two. The left-hander will make between 20-25 pitches, take a break, then pitch again to simulate the up and down of a start.
"If everything goes well tomorrow, [there's a] possibility of a simulated game scenario here and that would be on Saturday," manager Ryne Sandberg said before Monday's series opener against the Marlins.
Sandberg hinted that Lee would also likely need one or two Minor League rehab starts before he's ready to return to the Phillies' rotation. Lee has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 19 and is still building arm strength, which would make it difficult to return before the All-Star break (July 14-17). However, Lee has not ruled that out.
"That will be talked about, but I would imagine that would be recommended," Sandberg said when asked if Lee would go on a rehab assignment. "I don't know if it's one or two. I think it would be something more than just a simulated game."
Phils honor Rollins as franchise's hits leader
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies rolled out the red carpet in grand fashion before Monday's 4-0 loss to the Marlins to honor Jimmy Rollins for setting the franchise's all-time hits record.
Offering Rollins congratulations on Phanavision were Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Kelly Ripa, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett, Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, Jill Biden, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Hall of Fame outfielder Rickey Henderson, 76ers legend Charles Barkley, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, Flyers legend Bernie Parent, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, Al Roker and Jamie Lee Curtis.
"The organization did a fantastic job," Rollins said. "Above and beyond anything, I would have thought or even wanted, but they wanted it. They went out and got it."
The Phillies followed with a highlight video of Rollins' baseball career from childhood to the moment he broke Mike Schmidt's hits record. It included narration from late broadcaster Harry Kalas.
Former teammates Pat Burrell, Mike Lieberthal, Bobby Abreu and Marlon Anderson joined Rollins on the field, along with Rollins' family, as Chase Utley and Ryan Howard presented Rollins with a silver bat commemorating the milestone.
The Phillies then surprised Rollins, who also received framed artwork, with a trip to Italy.
"Never been to Italy," Rollins said. "Been talking about it for a couple years. I even have Rosetta Stone Italian down in Tampa [Fla.]. I guess I've got to press fast forward on that."
Adams reports no pain in injured rotator cuff
PHILADELPHIA -- Injured Phillies reliever Mike Adams said he has no pain in his right rotator cuff and hopes to be cleared to play catch by the end of the week.
Adams, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 7, met with team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti in advance of Monday's series opener against the Marlins. Before the meeting, Adams was optimistic about his health.
"I basically have all my range of motion back where it's not catching or I don't feel pain," said Adams, who received a cortisone injection on June 13. "Right now, we're just working on the strengthening part. We'll talk to the doctor today and update our plan. I could be playing catch by the end of the week or beginning of next week."
In addition to building arm strength, Adams needs to strengthen a frayed labrum. The veteran said his goal is to return "at the earliest probably after the All-Star break."
"The main thing is, I want to make sure I strengthen it enough and hopefully not have more setbacks, so we'll see," said the 35-year-old Adams. "Still a lot of steps to clear. I really don't know where we stand right now. The pain is gone, so we'll just take the next step one day at a time I guess."
• Tony Gwynn Jr. is expected to return to the Phillies for Tuesday's game, according to Sandberg. The outfielder has been on the bereavement list since June 16 to mourn the death of his father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sr.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.