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First baseman Derrek Lee, suffering a relapse with a bulging disc in his neck, was kept out of pregame activity and the lineup for the second consecutive day.

But manager Lou Piniella said he expects Lee to be available this weekend in Milwaukee, as long as he gets through the three-hour flight without a setback. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

Micah Hoffpauir will continue to sub for Lee during his absence. If Lee had gone to the DL, Cubs fans probably would have gotten their first taste of life after Derrek Lee if the Cubs look to an internal replacement: a Hoffpauir/Jake Fox platoon.

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