Lee says he wants to pitch in All-Star Game

Cliff Lee would like to help the National League win homefield advantage in the World Series. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

PHOENIX -- The Phillies had made it clear they would have been just as happy if Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee didn’t pitch in the All-Star Game. After all, they rank first and second in the National League in innings pitched.

NL manager Bruce Bochy, who named Halladay to start, said he never got the message.

“That’s news to me,” he said.

Since the All-Star starter generally pitches two innings, it’s likely Halladay won’t pitch for the Phillies this weekend against the Mets at Citi Field. He’ll probably make his first appearance of the second half against the Cubs on Monday or Tuesday.

“That’s something we had talked about, keeping things as minimal as possible and that feeling fresh in the second half was what was most important,” Halladay said. “I talked to (pitching coach Rich Dubee) and we talked about it and obviously that’s still the goal, to be as fresh as I can. But if I were to go a little longer than we really wanted pitch-count wise, then we’d take care of that on the back end after the break.”

-- Lee said that even though Halladay is starting, he doesn’t want Bochy to shy away from using him as well.

“That’s not my decision. I’m not going to be disappointed one way or the other. Obviously, I’d like to pitch and help this (National League) team win to get homefield advantage in the World Series. That’s important and means something,” he said.

-- Three Phillies who are in Phoenix will not play. Cole Hamels is automatically out since he started Sunday. Placido Polanco, who would have started at third, hasn’t played for a week because of a bulging disk in his back. Outfielder Shane Victorino is on the disabled list with a sprained thumb.

Polanco said he’s feeling better and would like to play Friday when the Phillies open the second half.

“We have optional hitting Thursday. I want to hit there. Friday there’s a game and I’ll see if I can play. The option would be a shot. I’m really thinking about it because when you talk about a shot in the spine, those are words I don’t like,” he said.

Victorino said he would take the same treatment as if he had stayed in Philadelphia and that he would do as much throwing and hitting as his thumb allowed both during the workout and the pregame.

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