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Lee injured when chair folds like a Cub

Mar 25, 2010, 11:03 PM EDT

It’s not quite worthy of being added to this list of wacky baseball injuries, but Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee hurt his back in a freak accident on Wednesday, courtesy of some faulty furniture, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“He was eating before the game and the chair just collapsed on him,” manager Lou Piniella said. “That’s why we got him out of there after three innings.”

The fact Lee was eating when the chair collapsed was merely a coincidence. I’ve seen photos of Lee this spring and he has not ballooned to chair-busting, Fielder-esque proportions. So I’m inclined to blame the chair. And since the chair was at the Rangers’ spring facility in Surprise, it looks like the Rangers are the villains here.

Luckily, Lee received treatment on his back and should be back in the lineup on Friday, so you can table any talk of a conspiracy. Now if you want to talk curses, on the other hand …

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  1. K - Mar 26, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Best headline ever.

  2. B Schmiege - Mar 29, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Yeah, and if it were anyone else but the Cubs you so called “fans” would be up in arms whining about it. Nice headline Harkins. I hope you never get access to Wrigley Field again you moron and if you do, I hope they tie you up in athletic tape and throw a used jock around your face.

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