Lee (side strain) likely back in lineup Monday

Derrek Lee missed Sunday’s game with a strained muscle in his right side, but manager Bobby Cox said the first baseman would likely return to the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the New York Mets.

Lee said he strained his right side swinging the bat during Friday’s game, then felt the same soreness Saturday and was removed in the fourth inning.

“It’s pretty good,” Lee said Sunday morning. “Just a little bite when I swung a couple of nights ago.”

Taking him out of Saturday’s game “was just kind of precautionary,” Lee said.

He hit off a tee indoors at Turner Field before Sunday’s game and spent the rest of the morning in the training room.

“I don’t think it’s an oblique [muscle] or anything,” said Cox, referring to the side-muscle injury that can often require a stint on the disabled list. “He’s there for us if we need him [to play Sunday].

“But I think if we can get through the day without him doing anything, it’ll maybe help that thing and he can open up against the Mets.”

Lee is just 4-for-29 (.138) with three doubles, five RBIs and eight strikeouts in eight games since coming from the Chicago Cubs in an Aug. 18 trade for three minor-league pitchers.

“He told me, ‘I’ve been on and off all year, haven’t found a comfortable spot all year long,’” Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton said. “We’re trying to get him comfortable. Get him healthy and get him comfortable, see what happens.”

12 comments Add your comment

HorneeWabbit

August 29th, 2010
4:57 pm

kelly

August 29th, 2010
6:00 pm

Let’s hope he gets ON!
MK

kelly

August 29th, 2010
6:13 pm

Hey DOB,
Wow, another final at bat win for the Braves AND that 7 mins of heaven with Cat Power.
Just wanted to say Thank You,
Michael Kelly

Mathman

August 29th, 2010
6:21 pm

We need Freeman alternating with D. Lee at 1B. We need Diaz in LF every day. Alternate Cabrera and Ankiel in CF.

Bring up Kimbrel, Marek, Dunn, KK, and Brandon Beachy. Bring up Freeman, Canizares, and Young and I guess McLouse to pitchrun and defense.

zenman

August 29th, 2010
6:21 pm

Great win. Negative comments add nothing. All caps show how imature you are. Plus no one will read the thoughts of an imature person. 162 games min. It is a long season, with many ups and downs. We have the joy of winnning the hurt of losing. To expect perfection is for fools. If you consider yourself perfect, let me know, I am opening an Atlanta branch of my business. Of course you would be working for a mere mortal. Anyone going to Seattle Labor Day weekend for The Bumpershoot Music, Art, and Film festival, please let me know, I would love to.meet you.

Najeh Davenpoop

August 29th, 2010
6:32 pm

San Diego might not have been able to help out the Braves, but Washington just helped out Tim Hudson’s chase for the Cy Young. Adam Wainwright just dropped to 3rd in the league in ERA, behind Hudson and Roy Halladay.

StuffyChunk

August 29th, 2010
8:37 pm

@ zenman : I’m very new to this board, and I agree that it’s important to not just have negative things to say all of the time. However, I stand by my comments and although today was a wonderful win, it’s not a stretch to say that the Marlins’ defense was a big part of our win today. I’ll take a win any way we get it; but that does not negate the fact that we still need a few changes to take this all the way…I want the best team to win, and for us to be the best team. Many times this weekend the Marlins looked like the better team.

peter nincompoop

August 30th, 2010
12:39 am

As much as I was hating on Glaus earlier in the month he’s swinging a heck of a bat down at AAA and would be a probably be a good fill in if Lee needs a couple of days to get healthy and vice versa.

tbravefan

August 30th, 2010
9:06 am

Too bad it’s not a 15 day DL issue…. Hinske is much better – period

Dorothy Davis

August 30th, 2010
11:34 am

O.K. So Hinske hits homer to help win the game against the Marlins, so we are going to put Lee back in at first for the Mets game. So we don’t think we have to win this one? Oh, I get it, we do not want to admit we were stupid in aquiring an over the hill, non hitting, injured first baseman. And lets not forget, Bobby does not want to hurt anyones feelings, even if it costs us a trip to the Post Season. Please bring back Troy!

Doug

August 30th, 2010
12:27 pm

In a nut shell.. it’s is a shame Glaus and Lee are so dinged up, if healthy they could carry this club on their backs and provide the power desperately needed. I hope Frank Wren has open eyes and sees that come the off season the Braves have to find two bats with even average home run power for the middle of this lineup.
In the meantime we all are crossing our fingers and hopeing the Phillys don’t get rolling!!

LuisG - Win-it-4-Bobby-n-Chipper

August 30th, 2010
12:59 pm

Hinske should play today. He had good numbers in the Marlins series, and hit a run scoring double yesterday against Ohman (lefty).

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