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Lee Out 6-8 Weeks

Astros outfielder Carlos Lee will be out for the next six to eight weeks with a broken pinky finger. "It's tough to lose him," manager Cecil Cooper said after Houston's 3-1 win. "It didn't look good. He carried us the last month-and-a-half. It's a big hole to fill, but we're capable of filling it. I'm just now starting to suck it up." While the Astros may not be stressing, Lee has been carrying them all season. He is batting .314 with 28 HR and 100 RBI in 115 games this season.

Houston is 12.5 games out of first, so I doubt they will make a play for a big name outfielder. Maybe if Barry Bonds is still willing to sign for the league minimum, they would give him a contract -- just a thought. They have a tough schedule ahead of them, time will tell if they can hold it together without him.