Oh, you fickle deity. Just when Derrek Lee starts really grooving at the plate, he starts suffering from a bulging disc in his lower back. The discomfort was severe enough that Lee received an epidural yesterday (and delivered twins!), and he’ll get a couple days off at least.
“It doesn’t bother me swinging, just moving around on defense and trying to run,” Lee said on Monday. “It gets pretty tight.”
Lee has homered in three straight games for the sixth time in his career, and the first time since June 18-20 last season. However, he’s hitting .251 overall. He didn’t blame his back problems on his numbers this year, saying it’s tough sometimes to bend over, but it doesn’t affect his hitting.
Manager Lou Piniella had a little trouble explaining what was wrong prior to Monday’s game.
“Derrek has a minor ‘ball disk,'” Piniella said, then corrected himself. “Minor bulge disk. How about that? ‘Ball disk.’ I feel like a mechanic.” cubs.com.
Do cars have a “ball disk”?
Xavier Nady will continue to fill in at first base in Lee’s absence, and we may even get a glimpse at Tyler Colvin at first.