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Postby namor720 » Fri May 19, 2006 12:33 pm

Derrek Lee isn't worried about rushing back from his wrist injury, even at the risk of coming back too soon.

"I'm going to rush back," Lee said Thursday. "From what I'm told, when it's healed, it's healed, so why wait?

Lee said he hopes to be back in a Cubs uniform in three weeks, which suggests he could be ready to play June 13 against Houston at Wrigley Field.

Though he's still wearing a small cast, Lee took some swings before Thursday's game, playing soft toss in the batting cage under the right-field bleachers.

"They knew when I put this [cast] on, I could do a lot more," Lee said. "You just do what you can to keep your mind as close to game-readiness as possible."

Lee is to have his cast removed May 31 and may not even need a rehab stint in the minors. He said he prefers to work out with the team and believes he can get ready in about 10 days.

"When I'm ready to swing, I don't want to go to the minor leagues," Lee said. "I want to help this team, especially if we're struggling. Why go waste time in the minor leagues? Even if I'm not hitting, I can do things to help this team. I'd rather be up here."


NOT BAD, I WILL TAKE JUNE 15th as a gift taking consideration the injury. John Patterson will be out longer with his freaking sore forearm.
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Fri May 19, 2006 12:41 pm

I wouldn't hold my breath on a return this quickly and there are some serious questions about how much his hitting (esp. power) will be affected by this injury.

That said Lee is a great player and a hard worker...if anyone can come back this fast it would be him. ;-D
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Postby futanto » Fri May 19, 2006 12:47 pm

honestly how much "power" is generated by one wrist? There are a lot of injuries that could potentially sap power all over the body, I think its useless to speculate at this point. We'll see where he is when he gets back. I think Lee will be fine personally.
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Postby namor720 » Fri May 19, 2006 1:32 pm

Derek Lee "taking some swings" is a real good sign. He doesnt seem to think he is going to be that limited from what he is saying, but he is just being positive. He didnt have any ligament or tendon damage, so it isnt a matter or repair in that area, just strengthening. D. LEE back in mid June would be sweet. Maybe after the all star break, he gets back to form.
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Fri May 19, 2006 1:39 pm

futanto wrote:honestly how much "power" is generated by one wrist? There are a lot of injuries that could potentially sap power all over the body, I think its useless to speculate at this point. We'll see where he is when he gets back. I think Lee will be fine personally.


A ton for a good hitter. I do agree with you that he'll be fine eventually...it just remains to be seen whether that's in mid-June, after the ASB or some time later like August or September.
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Postby pangbones » Fri May 19, 2006 1:57 pm

Ask Nomar how much power can be generated by one wrist. :-?
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Postby TexDawg45 » Sat May 20, 2006 9:22 am

this article made my day... ;-D
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Postby TexDawg45 » Sat May 20, 2006 9:23 am

this article made my day... ;-D
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Postby footballsimp » Sat May 20, 2006 12:38 pm

futanto wrote
honestly how much "power" is generated by one wrist?


I dont know if a lot of power can be generated by one wrist but I think a lot of power can be lost if one wrist isnt working properly
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Postby DevilDriver » Sat May 20, 2006 1:00 pm

The Loveable Losers wrote:
futanto wrote:honestly how much "power" is generated by one wrist? There are a lot of injuries that could potentially sap power all over the body, I think its useless to speculate at this point. We'll see where he is when he gets back. I think Lee will be fine personally.


A ton for a good hitter. I do agree with you that he'll be fine eventually...it just remains to be seen whether that's in mid-June, after the ASB or some time later like August or September.

He didn't even break his wrist....he broke the bone right above it. As a result of the injury not being directly on the wrist, I don't think his power will be affected that much.
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