Results tagged ‘ Derrek Lee ’

8/18 Lee to Braves

Derrek Lee was dealt to the Braves Wednesday for three Minor League pitchers, and will make his Atlanta debut on Friday — against the Cubs and Ryan Dempster.

“That’ll be weird — that’ll be really weird,” Lee said.

The Cubs acquire right-handers Robinson Lopez and Tyrelle Harris and lefty Jeffrey Lorick from the Braves, who get Lee and some cash. Lee was owed about $3 million the rest of this year.

“Atlanta is getting a class act,” Lou Piniella said of Lee, who played seven seasons with the Cubs, batting .298 with 179 home runs, 11th most in franchise history. “He’s going to be missed here.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/18 Derrek Lee update

Derrek Lee may have changed his mind. Lee, who invoked his 10-and-5 rights and rejected a trade to the Angels in late July, was believed to be targeted by the Atlanta Braves, who are looking to upgrade their lineup.

The Braves were currently evaluating the first baseman’s health, sources told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Lee had an epidural injection in his lower back on Monday to ease discomfort from a bulging disk. He was expected to be ready to play Thursday. The Cubs, coincidentally, open a three-game series against the Braves on Friday.

Lee declined to comment on the rumored deal prior to Wednesday’s Cubs’ game against the Padres. He has homered in three straight games for the sixth time in his career, and the first time since June 18-20 last season. He’s hitting .251 overall and has not blamed the back problems on his numbers this year, saying it’s tough sometimes to bend over but it doesn’t affect his hitting.
 
Lee has a full no-trade clause as well as the 10-and-5 rights. It was unknown whether he has said he would accept a trade to the Braves. With Troy Glaus struggling at the plate and experiencing leg discomfort recently, the Braves have been looking for a veteran first baseman who can hit in the middle of their lineup. This is the final year of Lee’s contract and he is still owed a little more than $3 million for the remainder of this season. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Lou Piniella tried to downplay the rumors.

“There’s no reason to speculate,” Piniella said. “I wouldn’t put much credence in rumors until something happens.”

Hendry was not available for comment on Wednesday.

– Carrie Muskat

8/17 Injury roundup

Catcher Geovany Soto, on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, took batting practice on Tuesday and should be activated on Sunday. Soto, batting .288 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs, has not played since Aug. 6.

* Carlos Silva, who underwent a procedure Aug. 9 to correct an abnormal heart rate, was to throw Wednesday on the side at Wrigley Field. The right-hander, who is 10-5 with a 3.92 ERA, could be scheduled for a rehab outing if all goes well.

* First baseman Derrek Lee was expected back in the lineup Thursday after having an epidural injection in his lower back. Lee, who was batting .251 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs, came out of Sunday’s game because of his back.

* Reliever John Grabow was examined by team orthopedic specialist Stephen Gryzlo on Monday and they were deciding whether to have surgery on his left knee. He has been limited to 28 games  because of a sprain.

– Carrie Muskat

8/17 Lineup, Colvin & Lee

Lou Piniella is giving Tyler Colvin a breather — as well as a chance to work more with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo — and started Kosuke Fukudome in right Tuesday night in Game 2 against the Padres. Colvin was batting .244 in the leadoff spot in 20 of the last 27 games. Derrek Lee (back) is expected back Thursday at the earliest. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
LF Soriano
2B DeWitt
C Hill
P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Lineup vs. Padres

Starlin Castro got Monday off and Derrek Lee was not in the lineup because of back problems. Darwin Barney is making his second ML start. Here’s the lineup vs. the Padres and Kevin Correia:

RF Fukudome
SS Barney
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
LF Soriano
2B DeWitt
C Hill
P Gorzelanny

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Derrek Lee update

Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee had an injection in the epidural of his lower back to ease discomfort from a bulging disk.

“It doesn’t bother me swinging, just moving around on defense and trying to run,” Lee said Monday. “It gets pretty tight.”

Lee has homered in three straight games for the sixth time in his career, and the first time since June 18-20 last season. However, he’s hitting .251 overall. He didn’t blame his back problems on his numbers this year, saying it’s tough sometimes to bend over but it doesn’t affect his hitting.

Lou Piniella had a little trouble explaining what was wrong prior to Monday’s game.

“Derrek has a minor ball disk,” Piniella said, then corrected himself. “Minor bulge disk. How about that? ‘Ball disk.’ I feel like a mechanic.”

Lee was expected to miss two to three days. The problem is on the right side of his lower back.

“He went to [athletic trainer Mark O'Neal] during the game [Sunday] and right away we took him out of the ballgame,” said Piniella, who removed Lee from the game on Sunday as a precautionary measure.

– Carrie Muskat

8/10 Hoffpauir & Castillo update

Both Micah Hoffpauir and Welington Castillo arrived Tuesday night in time to take some batting practice with the last group prior to the Cubs game against the Giants. They were called up from Triple-A Iowa to take Derrek Lee’s and Geovany Soto’s spots on the roster. Hoffpauir was starting Tuesday and batting third while Castillo will start Wednesday.

Did Hoffpauir know about the tough assignment against the Giants’ Tim Lincecum?

“I had the trainers text him to let him know,” Cubs acting manager Alan Trammell said.

– Carrie Muskat

8/9 Roster moves – updated

Catcher Geovany Soto was placed on the disabled list because of a mild ligament sprain in his right shoulder and first baseman Derrek Lee placed on the bereavement list, the Cubs announced after Monday’s game. Lee left for Sacramento to be with his grandfather, who was ill. The Cubs will call up catcher Welington Castillo and first baseman Micah Hoffpauir from Triple-A Iowa to take their spots on the roster. They’re expected to join the team Tuesday.

– Carrie Muskat

8/9 Lineup change – Soto scratched

Geovany Soto was scratched from Monday’s game because his right shoulder was still sore. Soto has not played since Friday, bothered by a mild ligament sprain. Koyie Hill started in his place.

The Cubs already are short-handed because first baseman Derrek Lee is not with the team. He was headed home to Sacramento to be with his grandfather, who was ill. The Cubs expected word after the game as to whether Lee would return or be placed on the bereavement list.

– Carrie Muskat

8/9 Lineup & Lee

Derrek Lee will not be with the team Monday. He was driving to Sacramento to be with his grandfather, who was ill. Xavier Nady started at first. Here’s the lineup:

RF Colvin
SS Castro
1B Nady
3B Ramirez
CF Byrd
LF Soriano
2B DeWitt
C Soto
P Zambrano

– Carrie Muskat

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