MIAMI -- Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee earned National League Pitcher of the Month honors for an incredible June.
Lee went 5-0 with a Major League-leading 0.21 ERA in five starts. He led the league in wins, ranked third in innings pitched (42) and ranked sixth in strikeouts (29). He finished the month with three consecutive shutouts to become the first big leaguer to accomplish the feat since Brandon Webb in 2007, and the first Phillies pitcher to do so since Robin Roberts in 1950.
Back problems keep Polanco out of lineup
MIAMI -- Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco did not start Tuesday because of back problems.
"He said it was hurting a little bit," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "It comes and goes. He has a lot of aches and pains. He's not hitting well right now. He also thinks it's affecting his swing. I thought it was a good time to get him rested."
Polanco, who will be the National League's starting third baseman in next Tuesday's All-Star Game in Phoenix, is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. He has hit just .151 in 24 games since June 6.
"If he wants to go to the All-Star Game, that's fine with me," Manuel said. "If he can't go, that's different."
Phillies closer Ryan Madson (right hand inflammation) threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium. It went well, and he is expected to throw another one Thursday, although he is not expected to pitch before the All-Star break. ... Right-hander Brad Lidge's rehab appearance Monday with Class A Lakewood went OK. He could throw a second rehab appearance as early as Wednesday. Lidge has been on the disabled list the entire season because of a strained right rotator cuff.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.