Lee rejoins Astros, out with bruised ribs
Outfielder Carlos Lee was back with the Houston Astros on
Tuesday, still hurting from a collision with teammate Angel Sanchez
that bruised the left side of his ribcage.
Lee was out of the starting lineup for the opening game of a
series against the Cincinnati Reds. He said there’s no telling when
he’ll be able to play.
”It’s still pretty sore,” he said. ”I guess I just get
treatment and see how it goes.”
Lee got hurt when Sanchez slid knee-first into his ribs while
they were chasing Mark Kotsay’s shallow fly ball during a 5-0 win
over Milwaukee on Sunday. He was taken off the field on a cart.
”There was some sharp pain that was way up there on the
scale,” said Lee, who hadn’t talked to reporters about the injury
until Tuesday. ”It felt like somebody was pushing everything from
the inside out, and there was pretty sharp pain.”
Tests at a hospital found no fracture. Lee flew to Cincinnati on
Monday evening, after the opening game of the series was postponed
because of rain.
Lee said nobody was to blame for the collision.
”That’s a ball that you’re in the middle of nowhere and we both
felt we had a chance to catch it,” he said. ”If I just keep going
straight in, you’re probably talking to Sanchez (about an injury)
instead of me. Basically, I saw his shadow coming and I kind of
slid away from him.”
Lee said the ribs bothered him more when he simulated a throwing
motion than when he acted as though he was swinging a bat.
”We’re going to wait and see how he is after treatments,”
manager Brad Mills said. ”We’re going to make sure he’s able to do
everything before we really look at him to go back in the