The curse strikes again. The Chicago Cubs have witnessed another star's descent as first baseman Derrek Lee (wrist) suffered a broken left wrist in a collision with Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal Wednesday, April 19. Lee, who fractured the radial and distal ulna bones in his wrist, will be placed on the disabled list Friday and be out for two to three months.
Lee joins the Cubs' top two pitchers, Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, on the disabled list, and the team who had high hopes of ending their inconsistent offensive ways may have seen their season come crashing down. Utility man John Mabry will likely take over at first base for Lee, as the Cubs travel to take on their nemesis, the St. Louis Cardinals. Top prospect outfielder Felix Pie is hitting .321 with one homer and 15 RBI in 14 games at Triple-A Iowa. Could the team bring him up and move left fielder Matt Murton to first base? It's possible but unlikely.
Losing Lee is a damaging blow to a fantasy team unless you were savvy enough to grab Detroit Tigers first baseman Chris Shelton, who continues to pound balls out of the ballpark. So any avenue you take, you're really behind the fantasy eight ball. Some possible replacements include Atlanta Braves first baseman Adam LaRoche, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra (who will debut Saturday) or Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Craig Wilson.
Lee has far too much value to release him outright. And some fantasy games won't allow you to drop such a high echelon player. But if you see him floating on waivers, grab him immediately and stash him on your bench. Otherwise, place him on your disabled list or bench and wait for him to return.
About Ryan Dodson
Dodson is a KFFL Contributor and has been with KFFL since 2002.
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