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Carlos Lee carted off with rib injury after collision

May 1, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

Carlos Lee, Nathan Lucero, Rex Jones

Astros outfielder Carlos Lee was sent to the hospital for X-rays and a CT scan after taking Angel Sanchez‘s knee to the rib-cage in a collision Sunday.

The two players were chasing after a Mark Kotsay pop-fly in the seventh inning of the game against the Brewers.  After the collision, Lee remained on the ground in pain for several minutes before being taken off on a cart.’s Brian McTaggart reports that chest X-rays on Lee showed no fracture, but that the results of the CT scan were still pending.  Lee is expected to spend the night in the hospital.

Lee hit a three-run homer in the inning before the collision.  He’s off to another rough start this year with a .207 average and just five walks in 111 at-bats, but he has managed 18 RBI in 28 games.  The Astros have little with which to replace him — they’d probably go with Brian Bogusevic and Jason Bourgeois in left field — so they would miss him if he ends up on the DL.

  1. purdueman - May 1, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Carlos Lee is one of baseball’s all time self-centered slackers; I’m sure that the opportunity to jump on a paid vacation on the DL and go tend to his nearby cattle ranch was the first thing that got him motivated in years!

  2. BC - May 2, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Probably the worst outfield collision since Mike Cameron and I forget who (Ellsbury? Damon?) smashed into either other on the Red Sox.

    • gostros19 - May 2, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      None other than Benedict Beltran

    • gostros19 - May 2, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      and that was the mets

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