Lee irked about warming up before rainout

Lee irked about warming up before rainout

Lee irked about warming up before rainout
PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee was not exactly thrilled about the fact that he warmed up in the bullpen on Friday night, only to see the Phillies' series opener against the Rays rained out.

Lee didn't throw his warm-up pitches before the game, which was delayed from the start. But when the rain briefly subsided about an hour later and a new start time was set for 8:45 p.m. ET, Lee was told to warm up and threw 30-40 pitches in the bullpen to get ready to start the game. Then, the rain started to fall again and the game was eventually called at 9:53 p.m. ET.

"I could've had my son look at the radar and he could've told me it was gonna rain," Lee said on Saturday. "Somebody got that wrong. I don't know who it was, but it was pretty obvious it was gonna rain. Somebody up there was really adamant about us playing."

Lee added that he looked at the radar twice, once before the game was set to originally start and again before warming up in the bullpen.

"It was pretty obvious that it was gonna rain," he said.

Lee (0-3, 3.48 ERA) will now start the 6:35 p.m. ET game on Sunday, the second game of the twin bill. Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25 ERA) will pitch in the first game, slated to start at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29 ERA) took the mound on Saturday against Tampa Bay's James Shields (7-4, 3.72 ERA), who was scheduled to start for Tampa Bay on Friday.

Pitching coach Rich Dubee said the Phillies decided to have Lee start Sunday's evening game instead of the afternoon game to give him a little extra recovery time after warming up on Friday.

"You've got to make the adjustment," Lee said. "It is what it is. There's nothing I can do about it. I've got to get ready to pitch [on Sunday]."