Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee -- with a five-game suspension hanging over him -- has dropped plans for his appeal hearing Monday. The hearing will be moved to sometime after the All-Star break.
The July 2 date would have allowed him to begin serving the suspension immediately, missing the series with Washington and Pittsburgh, both weaker teams. Evidently, the team believes it has a shot to reduce the penalty to three games, depending on whom will be available to weigh the evidence in New York at some given point in July.
A chance remains, however, that Lee could still drop the appeal immediately, allowing him to serve the suspension immediately. Lee was issued the suspension for taking a swing at San Diego pitcher Chris Young on June 16.