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Lee says all is fine concerning Zambrano

CHICAGO — Derrek Lee said Friday that he holds no grudge against Carlos Zambrano for the dugout incident that led to Zambrano's suspension and subsequent anger management therapy.

In his first comments, Lee declined to say if he has talked to Zambrano since the June 25 outburst but said he expects all of his teammates will accept him when he returns from his minor-league rehab stint, which hasn't been determined.

"It's going to be fine," Lee said. "He's going to come back and help us. Now it's in the past. It's over with, and we'll all be fine."

Lee said he never had been in a situation like that with a teammate but spoke up when the tantrum Zambrano said he staged to "pump up" the team got too personal.

"You always want to get along with all your teammates," Lee said. "It's not a fun situation, but it happens. You deal with it and move on. The guy has been my teammate since I've been here in '04. Carlos and I are friends. It's like family. You argue with the family, and you get over it."

Fan gets two foul balls

MIAMI — Two pitches, two foul balls landing in the same place?

Adam Koltun proudly held up a ball in each hand Friday night, souvenirs collected on consecutive pitches fouled off by Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg. When the crowd jeered, he handed one to 13-year-old Jose Wilhelm.

"The boos came," Koltun said. "And I thought I better give it to the kid."

Koltun and a companion sat in the first row of the club seats to the right of home plate, and Strasburg sent consecutive pop fouls toward them in the fifth. The friend snatched the first after it landed. The second hit Wilhelm in the chest before Koltun grabbed it.

Astros: 1B Carlos Lee did not start because he missed Thursday's workout in Pittsburgh. Manager Brad Mills said the team believed it was necessary for Lee to go through the exercises he missed. Lee, who has 12 homers and a team-high 45 RBIs, was the only player not at what was officially a voluntary workout. He said the license of the pilot who was to fly him back to the United States from Panama expired this week.

Brewers: LHP Doug Davis went on the DL 10 days after he came off. Davis missed two months with inflammation of the lining around his heart. In his only start, July 10 against the Pirates, he allowed four runs over five innings. Now he has tendinitis in his left elbow.

Dodgers: LF Manny Ramirez left in the first with tightness in his right calf. His status is unknown. Thursday, he came off the DL after missing 11 games with a strained right hamstring.

Giants: 2B Freddy Sanchez was scratched due to the flu.

Indians: 3B Jhonny Peralta was scratched due to a fever.

Mets: RHP Mike Pelfrey's next start was pushed back from today to Monday after he complained of stiffness in his neck after a flight to San Francisco.

Padres: RHP Mat Latos and RH reliever Mike Adams went on the DL. Latos, who hopes to return when eligible July 24, has a strained muscle on his left side sustained, he said, while trying to hold back a sneeze. Adams, whose return hasn't been determined, has a strained left oblique.

Phillies: Manager Charlie Manuel said 3B Placido Polanco, out since June 26 with left elbow inflammation, might be activated today.

Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz, out since June 27 with a strained left hamstring, allowed two runs over 60 pitches and 32/3 innings at Triple A. It's expected to be his only rehab start.

Reds: The team said RHP Edinson Volquez will start today. It will be his first appearance since August's reconstructive elbow surgery. He also served a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a banned fertility substance.

White Sox: RF Carlos Quentin sat a day after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch. Manager Ozzie Guillen said Quentin is fine but he didn't want him "to be a hero."

Lee says all is fine concerning Zambrano 07/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 10:55pm]
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