Cubs give ailing Lee day off

3/28/2010 - MLB Derrek Lee Chicago Cubs + more

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Cubs slugger Derrek Lee has been scratched from Chicago's lineup because of lingering pain in his foot.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella said before Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners that his first baseman and primary run producer fouled a pitch off his foot in a game about a week ago and then again during subsequent batting practice. Piniella said Lee's foot is still bothering him, so he gave him the day off.

Lee had treatment Sunday morning at the team's facility in Mesa before the team sent him home.

Piniella said Lee may play Monday or Tuesday. He said he is not concerned, and that "Derrek will be ready to go" for the season.

Lee hit 35 home runs with a career-high 111 RBIs in 141 games last season.