Astros get Carlos Lee back Sunday
Astros first baseman Carlos Lee has been activated from the disabled list, the club has announced.
Astros first baseman Carlos Lee has been activated from the disabled list, the club has announced. He had been shelved with a hamstring strain since June 1. The Astros play the Rangers in Texas Sunday and Lee is starting as the designated hitter.
Lee, 35, is hitting .297/.348/.411 with four homers, 23 RBI, 18 runs and more walks (15) than strikeouts (10) in his 49 games this season. He collected five hits in 10 rehab at-bats, including one home run.
He's obviously a big presence in the middle of the Astros' batting order, but there's something more important to getting him back at this point: Trade value.
The Astros are under new ownership and also have a new general manager. They entered Sunday down 10.5 games in the NL Central and -- especially with moving to the AL West next season -- are in the midst of a rebuild. Lee turns 36 in three days and is a free agent at the end of the season.
So, yes, it's rather obvious that Lee will likely be on the trading block next month. He'll now have a few weeks to prove his worth a rental for any club that might be interested in a first base or DH upgrade. It's worth noting that Lee has a limited no-trade clause and he's said to have little interest in moving to a large market on either coast (via Danny Knobler).
As a corresponding move to Lee's activation, Brett Wallace was optioned back to Triple-A.