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.