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Baker: Lee may not be OK until '07
By Dave van Dyck
Tribune staff reporter
July 20, 2006, 10:42 PM CDT
After having Sunday and Monday off to rest his still-healing right wrist, Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee had another one Thursday. That's three days off in a span of five, leading to the question of just how serious the injury remains and how long it will take for him to be 100 percent.
"He's OK; it's just not getting any better, that's all," manager Dusty Baker said.
And the rest of the season?
"This could go into the winter, and hopefully [after that] he will be 100 percent next year," Baker said. "These things tend to linger, because everything you do bothers you, whether it's combing your hair or brushing your teeth."
Lee admitted the healing process from two broken bones in the wrist is "frustrating."
"I don't know how to look at it," he said. "I thought it would be further along by now. It's something I have to be patient with. The program is to play a couple of days and rest it when we can."
Lee is hitting .243 with one homer and four RBIs since returning from the disabled list June 25. He finished the homestand with three hits in 13 at-bats, so apparently the pain is affecting his swing.
"I don't want to comment on that," Lee said.
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