Lee pain-free but expects to hit DL

PEORIA, Ariz. — Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee got through a light workout Wednesday without pain but is still likely to start the season on the disabled list because of a strained abdomen.

"It went good. I don't feel anything," Lee said. "It was pretty light, but I'm pleased with how I feel."

Though the Mariners have yet to announce that the 2008 Cy Young winner will start the season on the DL, Lee mentioned it.

"I'm not happy about being hurt and going to start on the DL," Lee, 31, said, "but I've got to make the best of it and make sure I be smart and do everything to get back."

Lee threw off flat ground Wednesday. It was the first time he has thrown since being shut down March 25 because of pain in his side.

Lee started the six-minute session throwing off one knee then stood to play catch from about 60 feet. He threw out of a half windup. His rehabilitation from the injury, which he suffered March 15 in a spring training game, has included exercises in a pool.

"Just to be safe," Lee said. "It's a strange injury. You really don't know where you're going to be until you throw."

BONDS APPEARANCE SET: Home run king Barry Bonds is scheduled to return to AT&T Park in April when the Giants honor the 10th anniversary of their 2000 NL West championship team.

The Giants announced that Bonds is one of several players scheduled to take part in a pregame ceremony April 11.

Bonds, 45, has made only a handful of public appearances in San Francisco since the Giants decided not to bring him back after the 2007 season.

CUBS HONOR GREAT: The Cubs plan to unveil a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams at Wrigley Field in a Sept. 7 ceremony. Williams batted .290 with 1,475 RBIs in his 18-year career and hit 392 of his 426 homers as a member of the Cubs.

ASTROS: First baseman Lance Berkman went on the 15-day disabled list with a nagging left knee injury. Berkman had arthroscopic surgery March 13 after the knee swelled in the first days of spring training. … Rookie third baseman Chris Johnson made the opening day roster as a backup. Johnson, 25, has a team-high six homers this spring.

DODGERS: Left-handed reliever Eric Stults was released, paving the way for him to join a team in Japan, expected to be the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

INDIANS: Left-hander Jeremy Sowers was sent outright to Triple-A Columbus. Sowers, 26, a former first-round pick, had a sore shoulder early this spring, which put him behind in the competition for a roster spot.

MARLINS: Rightfielder Cody Ross, who hasn't played since March 23 because of a strained right calf, likely will start the season on the disabled list.

METS: Shortstop Jose Reyes highlighted his second minor-league game with a headfirst slide and made more progress in his return from a three-week absence related to thyroid issues. … First baseman Daniel Murphy will be out two to six weeks after spraining his right knee in a rundown. Mike Jacobs is likely to replace Murphy in the opening day lineup.

RED SOX: Backup outfielder Jeremy Hermida is making steady progress from right hamstring tightness sustained last weekend and should return within the next couple of days.

ROCKIES: Closer Huston Street was shut down for the third time, another setback in the right-hander's attempt to overcome the right shoulder stiffness that has bothered him all spring.

TWINS: Catcher Wilson Ramos was optioned to Triple-A Rochester despite batting .400 and showing improvement behind the plate. Ramos, 22, has caught only 54 games at Double A.

Lee pain-free but expects to hit DL 03/31/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 8:44pm]

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