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Pirates place Derrek Lee on the disabled list with a fractured left wrist

Aug 13, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

Derrek Lee

Boy, if this isn’t symbolic of the way the Pirates have collapsed in the standings recently, I’m not sure what is.

The Pirates just announced that Derrek Lee has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone fracture in his left wrist. Lee has missed six out of the last eight games due to lingering soreness in his left hand as a result of being hit by a pitch from Carlos Marmol back on August 3.

Needless to say, the acquisition of Lee hasn’t worked out the way the Pirates hoped it would. The 35-year-old first baseman has been limited to just 19 plate appearances since being acquired from the Orioles on July 30, batting .278 with two homers, a triple and three RBI.

Of course, the Pirates are all but out of things in the National League Central now, so they shouldn’t really waste at-bats on someone who has no future with the team. This probably won’t happen, but why not give Pedro Alvarez a look at first base sometime in September? That’s where he’ll likely end up eventually.

UPDATE: According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Lee is expected to be sidelined for 2-4 weeks.

  1. dailyrev - Aug 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Maybe, but I wouldn’t give up on him yet at 3B — he’s shown the same odd combination of inconsistency and brilliance as Castro has at SS for the Cubs. A lot will depend on who else they have in the system and where, but messing around with young position players is a dangerous gambit. Whatever they do will have to be in the context of a greater plan for the years ahead. That said, if you’re looking to teach 1B to a kid, D-Lee’s a pretty good guy to have around as mentor, though he may not be there very long.

    For now, though, Jones is better at 1B than RF, and Diaz deserves ABs. The Bucs’ recent collapse has been all about pitching and little else. With the exception of Karstens and J-Mac, the vulnerabilities of that staff have just been plainly exposed, and the exhausting Atl-Philly road trip sapped the pen. I remember watching Correia and Maholm back in May thinking, “big league hitters should be rocking these guys, WTF is going on here?”

    Bottom line for mgt. is: you’ve sold a lot of tickets this year, it’s time to give back a little and so something this off-season. I know, Prince and Albert can’t be in your radar, but Huntington will have to consider himself a shopper otherwise this winter.

  2. phillyphever - Aug 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    I heard Lyle Overbay’s looking for a job.

  3. stairwayto7 - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Overbay will be back! Another soft Cub!

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