Derrek Lee declined an invitation to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic after injuries significantly depleted the Team USA roster. It didn’t take long for Lee to make the decision: “I’m not going. I’m not even playing here.” Lee has not played in game action since Monday – he has been battling a sore right quad muscle. If his condition continues to improve this week, he was expected to be in the lineup on Friday as his injury is not considered serious. Lee also went on to say that if this was the regular season, he would be in the Cubs lineup. We’ll keep you posted with the latest injury news on Derrek Lee.
Several players have suffered injuries for Team USA – Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Chipper Jones and Matt Lindstrom. The only replacements to play 1st base for Kevin Youkilis are outfielder Adam Dunn and utility infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa.