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Astros not happy Carlos Lee missed 'voluntary' workout

Jul 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

Carlos Lee spent the All-Star break back home in Panama and missed yesterday’s team workout because of “an issue” with his return flight.
Technically it was a “voluntary” workout, but Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle notes that “the Astros were counting on everybody who had not played at the All-Star Game to be there” and general manager Ed Wade made no attempt to hide his disappointment with Lee’s no-show:

The workout was not mandatory, clubs are not allowed to make post-All-Star break workouts mandatory, but I’m still disappointed that he wasn’t there. It would have been respectful if he would have been there.

Fallas speculates that Lee won’t be in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Pirates, which is fair enough, but my guess is that the whole thing would have been much less of an issue if Lee wasn’t hitting .240 with by far the worst OPS of his career.

  1. BC - Jul 16, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Wade needs to calm down (as well as start updating his resume). The team STINKS. Is one workout going to be the difference between losing 99 games and losing 98?

  2. nps6724 - Jul 16, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    How would it have been “respectful” to show up to something voluntary, especially when the reason he missed it (as far as we know) was an issue with his flight? Respect plays no part in this whatsoever.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 16, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Agreed. If it’s mandatory, say so. If it’s not, Ed, then just shut up.

  4. Utley's hair - Jul 16, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    I’m sorry, Ed, did you say something? All the best, Shawn Chacon.

  5. JBerardi - Jul 17, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    Ah, the old “voluntary” meeting, a classic in any workplace…

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