Monday, June 18, 2007

Lee suspended for five games

Chicago Cubs' first baseman Derrek Lee was suspended for five games following his participation in Saturday's fourth inning incident in a game against the Padres.

After Chris Young hit Lee with a pitch, the slugging first baseman took a couple of swings at the pitcher, causing both benches and dugouts to empty out onto the field. Chris Young also got a five-game suspension, while Cubs' hitting coach Gerald Perry is suspended for three games.

Though sources initially indicated that the suspension to Lee and Young were six games, more credible sources have reported that the suspension was indeed five.

Meanwhile, the Cubs have optioned down left-handed reliever Clay Rapada to Iowa (AAA) to make room for Daryle Ward. Ward will likely serve as the team's first baseman during the suspension, though DeRosa will become a candidate when Ramirez returns on Friday.

I'm still sure why the Chicago Cubs are handling their pitchers the way that they are handling them. First of all, Pignatiello should've gotten the call ahead of Gallagher and it should've been Gallagher that got sent down, not Rapada. Rapada spent just four days on the big league roster and faced one batter before being sent down to Iowa. Besides, Gallagher is a starter.

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