Sunday, July 08, 2007

Cubs Derrek Lee Hopes for Suspension Mitigation

Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee has yet to hear from the commissioner's office regarding his appeal of a five-game suspension for fighting, but hopes to have the penalty reduced.

As it looks now, not much will happen until after the All-Star break.

Lee had initially planned to have his appeal heard July 2, but backed out and now stands to serve only two or three days by complaining that Padres pitcher Chris Young -- who started the rhubarb by hitting Lee with a pitch -- will not miss a single start because he timed the withdrawal of his appeal to coincide with his appearance in the All-Star game.

''This is a situation where you hope Derrek might get a little more reduction because Chris is not going to miss a start,'' general manager Jim Hendry told the Chicago Sun-Times. ''I'm sure he'll still get some, but maybe we can be hopeful it's less than five."