Inside Pitch: Lee Optimistic

With Derrek Lee out, the Cubs will be missing their top offensive and defensive player for about two months.

Lee, who spoke publicly for the first since he fractured his wrist in a collision with Los Angeles' Rafael Furcal last Wednesday, said the Cubs should still do fine because they have a lethal combination of power and speed.

"The makeup of the team -- we're playing hard and getting contributions from everyone," Lee said. "I like the way we play. We're versatile. We're scoring runs a lot of different ways. We're playing defense. Taking extra bases.

"I think we'll be just fine without me in the lineup."

REPLAY: The Cubs had just one hit in seven innings off of Florida pitchers Jason Vargas and Matt Herges, but in the eighth, they broke the game open with a six-run explosion and won 6-3 over the Marlins on Monday night at Wrigley Field.

Matt Murton's opposite field single to right brought in two runs and Jacque Jones' opposite-field homer into the left-field seats brought in three more runs in the rally. The Cubs, who are one of the worst teams in the National League in drawing walks, walked six times in the game, including twice in the eighth.

NOTES, QUOTES

--RHP David Aardsma picked up his first victory in a Cubs uniform when he pitched a scoreless eighth in the Cubs' 6-3 come-from-behind victory over Florida. He struck out Reggie Abercrombie and Matt Treanor with two runners on base to get out of a jam.

--RHP Carlos Zambrano tied a career high with 12 strikeouts, but could still not pick up his first victory of the season. He gave up six hits, walked three and hit another batter and left Monday night's game trailing 3-0. The Cubs rallied after he left the game for a 6-3 win.

--2B Neifi Perez picked up a start on Monday night against Florida because he was previously 3-for-3 against Marlins' pitcher Jason Vargas. But look for Jerry Hairston Jr. to get two starts there in the final two games of the series on Tuesday and Wednesday.

--1B Todd Walker is getting used to his new position after Derrek Lee's injury. Walker said he is having fun at the spot, but has a few things to learn. He collided with St. Louis' David Eckstein on Sunday and admitted he was in the wrong place at the time.

But unlike Lee, who will miss two months after his collision with Los Angeles' Rafael Furcal, Walker was not hurt.

"Good thing it wasn't Albert Pujols who ran into me," Walker joked.

But Walker wasn't laughing as much on Monday when he committed his first error at the position when he dropped a pop fly in the infield in the eighth inning.

--SS Ronny Cedeno started his third straight game as the No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Previously, Cedeno had batted eighth, but has shown he is able to effectively hit and bunt and may keep this spot for a while.

--CF Juan Pierre is an avid Heat basketball fan who said that being traded from Florida to Chicago doesn't mean he roots for the Bulls.

"I can't really talk too much out here because this is Chicago and they love their sports here," Pierre said, "so I've got to root for the Heat silently."

With the Cubs off Thursday, Pierre said he hopes to attend the Heat-Bulls playoff game that night at the United Center.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:
RHP Kerry Wood (shoulder and knee surgery) felt tightness in his armpit and canceled a Rookie League outing on Thursday (April 20).

RHP Wade Miller (shoulder surgery) should be back in June.

RHP Mark Prior (strained shoulder) is throwing on the mound again, but no timetable has been set for his return.

OF Angel Pagan (hamstring, knee) should be back in late May.

1B Derrek Lee (broken right wrist) will be out at least through May.

Player Stats

LINEUP

1. Juan Pierre, CF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     4     1     1     1     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .310    29     5     9     3     0     0     0     3
Season            .280    75    14    21     4     1     0     2     7

2. Ronny Cedeno, SS
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     3     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .333    21     3     7     2     1     0     3     1
Season            .345    58     6    20     6     2     0     6     1

3. Todd Walker, 1B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     3     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .318    22     2     7     0     0     1     6     0
Season            .385    52    10    20     2     1     2    12     0

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     3     1     0     0     0     0     1     0
Last 7 Games      .154    26     3     4     0     0     1     4     1
Season            .186    59     9    11     1     0     3     9     1

5. Michael Barrett, C
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .208    24     2     5     1     0     1     4     0
Season            .276    58     9    16     3     0     4    18     0

6. Matt Murton, LF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     2     1     1     0     0     0     2     0
Last 7 Games      .150    20     2     3     0     0     0     2     0
Season            .258    62     9    16     2     1     2    11     0

7. Jacque Jones, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .333     3     1     1     0     0     1     3     0
Last 7 Games      .280    25     3     7     1     0     2     4     0
Season            .209    43     6     9     1     0     3     8     0

8. Neifi Perez, 2B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     4     0     1     1     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .111    18     1     2     1     0     0     1     0
Season            .207    29     3     6     2     0     0     3     0

9. Carlos Zambrano, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 6 Games      .091    11     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .091    11     1     1     0     0     0     0     0


OTHER ROSTER PLAYERS

Henry Blanco, C
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 4 Games      .091    11     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .091    11     1     1     0     0     0     0     0

Freddie Bynum, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .182    11     2     2     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .143    14     2     2     0     0     0     0     0

Jerry Hairston, 2B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .250    16     2     4     1     0     0     0     0
Season            .318    22     5     7     1     0     0     0     0

Derrek Lee, 1B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .333     3     1     1     0     0     0     0     1
Last 7 Games      .273    22     3     6     1     0     0     3     2
Season            .318    44    11    14     4     0     3    10     5

John Mabry, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .214    14     1     3     0     0     0     1     0
Season            .316    19     2     6     0     0     1     3     0

Greg Maddux, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .333     3     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 4 Games      .182    11     2     2     0     0     0     1     0
Season            .182    11     2     2     0     0     0     1     0

Sean Marshall, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 3 Games      .167     6     0     1     0     0     0     1     0
Season            .167     6     0     1     0     0     0     1     0

Roberto Novoa, 
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 3 Games      .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0

Angel Pagan, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     2     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .188    16     0     3     1     0     0     0     0
Season            .263    19     2     5     1     0     0     1     0

Mike Restovich, 
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 3 Games      .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0

Glendon Rusch, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     2     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 4 Games      .333     6     1     2     1     0     0     0     0
Season            .333     6     1     2     1     0     0     0     0

Jerome Williams, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 5 Games      .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
PITCHERS

David Aardsma, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     1     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     1     2
Last 3 Games      9.81     1     0     0     3   3.2     3     4     1     6     3
Season            9.81     1     0     0     3   3.2     3     4     1     6     3

Ryan Dempster, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     1     1     1     0     0     0     0     1
Last 3 Games      6.00     0     0     2     3     3     4     2     0     0     5
Season            1.64     0     0     5    11    11     6     2     0     3    10

Scott Eyre, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   1.2     0     0     0     1     2
Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3     3     2     0     0     1     2
Season            0.00     0     0     0     7   9.2     4     0     0     6     7

Bob Howry, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     0     3     3     1     0     0     1     1
Season            1.04     1     0     0     8   8.2     5     1     1     2     6

Greg Maddux, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     1     0     0     1     7     5     0     0     1     4
Last 3 Games      0.86     3     0     0     3    21    11     2     0     3    17
Season            0.99     4     0     0     4  27.1    15     3     1     5    18

Sean Marshall, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         3.60     0     0     0     1     5     2     2     1     3     4
Last 3 Games      6.28     1     0     0     3  14.1    11    10     3     5     8
Season            6.28     1     0     0     3  14.1    11    10     3     5     8

Roberto Novoa, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         9.00     0     0     0     1     1     2     1     0     0     0
Last 3 Games      1.69     0     0     0     3   5.1     4     1     0     1     2
Season            1.69     0     0     0     3   5.1     4     1     0     1     2

Will Ohman, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1   1.2     1     0     0     1     1
Last 3 Games      3.37     0     1     0     3   2.2     2     1     0     2     3
Season           14.40     1     1     0     8     5     7     8     2     4     5

Glendon Rusch, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         5.78     0     1     0     1   4.2     2     3     0     4     3
Last 3 Games      5.74     1     2     0     3  15.2    12    10     5     6    12
Season            6.41     1     3     0     4  19.2    18    14     7     8    14

Jerome Williams, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game        47.37     0     1     0     1   1.1     6     7     1     2     0
Last 3 Games      7.72     0     2     0     3   9.1    11     8     1     7     4
Season            7.30     0     2     0     5  12.1    15    10     2    11     5

Scott Williamson, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game        13.43     0     0     0     1   0.2     2     1     0     1     1
Last 3 Games      4.50     1     0     0     3     2     3     1     0     1     3
Season            2.16     2     0     0     9   8.1     7     2     0     4    12

Mike Wuertz, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     0     3     2     2     0     0
Last 3 Games      6.74     0     0     0     3   2.2     5     2     2     1     3
Season            6.74     0     0     0     3   2.2     5     2     2     1     3

Carlos Zambrano, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         3.86     0     0     0     1     7     6     3     1     3    12
Last 3 Games      3.79     0     1     0     3    19    14     8     3    11    23
Season            3.94     0     1     0     5  29.2    25    13     5    20    33

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