New York — The Chicago Cubs placed first baseman Derrek Lee on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of inflammation in his right wrist and said there were no plans to shelve the NL batting champion for the rest of the season.
Lee, a two-time Gold Glove winner, broke two bones in his right wrist in a collision with Rafael Furcal of the Dodgers on April 19. He was activated from the DL on June 25, but has experienced pain and weakness in the wrist since his return.
Lee went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in a 7-1 loss to the Nationals on Sunday, and trainer Mark O'Neal said the move was discussed after the game. The 30-year-old was batting .227 with a home run and four RBIs in 20 games since he was activated from the DL.
"It's just a situation where it isn't getting better," Lee said. "I was kind of just playing for the sake of playing. I wasn't helping anybody. So if you're not helping the team, you're not helping yourself."