Inside Pitch: Lee Takes Time Off

Derrek Lee will take some personal time off to tend to his ailing daughter, and it's possible he won't be back the rest of the season.

The star first baseman, who had been battling wrist injuries all season, revealed on Sunday that his 3-year-old daughter, Jada, developed vision problems in one eye and that he was taking time off to tend to her care.

"You break your wrist [and] you think that's a big deal," Lee said. "Then something like this happens and it slaps you in the face as to what really matters. It's all about your loved ones and all about your family."

Lee has been taking occasional days off to rest the wrist, and Scott Moore, John Mabry and Henry Blanco have been filling in. Mabry is still unavailable due to a wrist injury.

REPLAY: In a rare display of muscle, the Cubs scored seven runs in the first inning, hit a season-high six home runs and coasted to an 11-3 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won their second series in a row after coming up short in seven consecutive series.

Jacque Jones, Ronny Cedeno and pitcher Carlos Zambrano each homered in the first inning. Matt Murton added a homer in the second and Ryan Theriot added two.

Zambrano, who missed two starts with back troubles, returned and kept his Cy Young Award chances alive by throwing seven shutout innings and improving to 15-6.


  • 2B Ryan Theriot hit two home runs in Sunday's victory over Cincinnati. Theriot was considered a backup type of player, but his fielding and hitting (.316 in 42 games) may give him an opportunity to shoot for a starting job in the infield next year.

  • LHP Rich Hill threw the Cubs' first complete game of the season Saturday in a two-hit, 4-0 shutout over Cincinnati. The Cubs were the only team who had not registered a complete game this year. No team in major league baseball history has gone through a season without throwing at least one complete game.

  • LHP Sean Marshall, who was originally scheduled to start Sunday's game against Cincinnati, will now pitch Monday at Philadelphia because RHP Carlos Zambrano was ready for a start Sunday after missing close to two weeks with a back injury.

  • SS Cesar Izturis (right hamstring injury) sat out starts Saturday and Sunday. The Cubs hope he will be ready to go this week against Philadelphia.

  • C Michael Barrett (intrascrotal hematoma) had hoped to come back the final week of the season, but Cubs manager Dusty Baker said Barrett met with doctors over the weekend and learned it would be doubtful he could return.

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