Cliff Lee says he has made excellent strides in his recovery from an elbow strain over the last few days. The left-hander was able throw from a bullpen mound Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list and he was pleased with the results.

“It feels real good,” said Lee, who threw 20 fastballs. “I was letting it go pretty hard, pretty much max effort.”

Lee went on the disabled list on May 20 with a strained flexor-pronator tendon. He did not throw a ball for three weeks after that.