9/25 Lineup, Lee & Ramirez
Derrek Lee was not available Friday because of neck spasms, aggravated by his slide and an overzealous celebratory slap from a teammate. Lee slid hard into second in the ninth inning Thursday, and apparently one of the Cubs hit him hard on the head when he got back into the dugout. Pitcher Angel Guzman has been named the guilty party, but the pitcher said he doesn’t remember doing anything to Lee.
“[Lee’s] neck is sore,” Lou Piniella said. “He couldn’t play tonight if we wanted to, and we won’t use him to pinch-hit.”
Lee will get treatment during the game and was expected to be back on Saturday.
“The slide had something to do with it and the love tap on the top of his head,” Piniella said. “All Guzman was trying to do was congratulate him for the stolen base and getting on base and scoring a run. It’s something that just happened. I’m not faulting anybody.”
Piniella said he didn’t see Guzman do it.
“I don’t know that — I was told,” Piniella said. “I shook [Lee’s] hand. I think we went to the videotape.”
* Aramis Ramirez was scratched from the lineup because of a sore left shoulder. He also was expected back on Saturday. Kevin Gregg is sidelined with soreness on his left side.
* Friday’s lineup:
– Carrie Muskat