Lee Cleared; Set to Start May 2nd
There may not have been much of a case at first, but the points about Lee’s recovery from foot surgery, the abdominal injury, and his lack of work at that point in spring training, placed the errant pitch enough doubt to clear him. Because, you know, headhunting in a meaningless game between two teams that aren’t even in the same league made a whole lot of sense to begin with.
The result is a boon to the M’s regardless, but it will come at a good time too. Lee will be scheduled to face the Rangers on the 2nd, and then the Angels on the 8th, and then Tampa Bay on the 14th, which gives him enough room to work his way in against some of the weaker teams in our own division, while at the same time setting him up to be ready to face a legitimate challenge in the Rays. Our May schedule isn’t daunting, but it’s not the cakewalk April was set up to be either.