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Derrek Lee debuts, but is now battling sore left foot

Mar 20, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

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Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee did not have the smoothest Grapefruit League debut on Saturday.

According to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com, the veteran fouled a ball off his left foot in his first plate appearance of the afternoon game against the Phillies and had to undergo X-rays on Saturday night. On Sunday morning he was given an MRI.

The X-rays showed no fractures and the MRI results will probably do the same, but Lee is not in the lineup Sunday and may sit out a few more games this week while the swelling in his foot dissipates.

Lee has been slowed this spring by his ongoing recovery from right thumb surgery and also a minor wrist injury that he suffered midway through camp. He’s still aiming to be ready by Opening Day, but the lack of live at-bats that he’s seen to this point is probably a concern for Baltimore management.

The O’s inked the 35-year-old to a one-year, $7.25 million contract this winter. He finished with a .260/.347/.428 batting line, 19 home runs and 80 RBI last season across 140 games for the Cubs and Braves.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Derek is battling his foot? He better talk to Bruce Campbell before he does anything drastic. It’d be a lot harder to field his position with a chainsaw strapped to the stump, you know?

    Then again, I’d buy a corporate suite just to watch him in action in an onfield brawl. Derek Lee and his chainsaw versus Johnny Cueto….tell me you wouldn’t pay to watch that.

  2. Panda Claus - Mar 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    The foot would have to be a slight underdog to his wrist right now. However, if the foot and wrist decide to tag-team against Lee, then you know where my money’s going.

    • Old Gator - Mar 20, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      Yeah, but since chainsaws don’t become available very often on the transplant organ black market, but severed limbs become readily available every time it snows in California, he could always replace it with a transplant of Dr. Strangelove’s hand.

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