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(photo: AP)

You've heard the phrase, of course.

There's not much more to be said about last night's 5-4 Cub win over the Dodgers except what's conveyed by this photo. You can see the pain and frustration in Derrek Lee's face as he walks off the field.

All we can all do is hold our breaths and wait and see if Derrek Lee's sprained wrist is serious enough to keep him out for more than a few days.

Of course, all of us fear the worst. Shawn's diary notes that since the injury happened after midnight, it thus occurred on the first anniversary of the horrifying injury to Nomar Garciaparra.

That is, of course, sheer coincidence, and it doesn't seem as if this is going to be anything near as serious.

Shawn also makes some suggestions about who could be Lee's temporary (emphasis intentional) replacement: Erubiel Durazo, Carlos Pena or Hee-Seop Choi.

Pena, who was released by the Tigers recently, was just signed by the Yankees this week. He's a strikeout artist (492 of them in 1652 career AB) and though he had a decent year with the Tigers in 2004, I'm not so sure I'd try this.

Durazo, as Shawn points out, is in Triple-A with the Rangers and not hitting well there. His best position is DH.

Choi. Now that's intriguing, though I've generally agreed with the theory that Choi has a hole in his swing big enough to march the South Korean army through. Theo Epstein's not going to let him go cheap, though, especially considering that IF the Cubs really NEED him, it'd be a seller's market.

Todd Walker can play first base and Jerry Hairston could play second. That might be the simplest solution, though John Mabry can also play first base (it is, in fact, the position he has played most in his career -- here are his career stats.). I'd guess that'd be the solution, although last night, Walker wound up at first with Neifi at 2B. If Lee has to be disabled -- and we, of course, hope he doesn't -- the simplest solution would be to call up Ryan Theriot, Adam Greenberg or Michael Restovich.

All of you commented at length in last night's game thread about the play in which both Lee and Scott Eyre, who hurt his knee, were injured in a collision with Rafael Furcal -- oh, the irony of that one, right?

Mark & I both missed it. We had intended to stay up for the entire game, since he's off school and I don't work on Thursdays, but we both fell asleep in the sixth inning, not only missing this injury, but the Cubs' comeback rally in the 8th, which was a gift due primarily to some sloppy Dodger defense.

Ryan Dempster threw a scoreless ninth, breaking the Cubs' club record for consecutive saves with his 23rd in a row. He also extended his scoreless-inning streak to 31 1/3.

Sean Marshall's numbers were better but his control wasn't -- he walked three and threw 86 pitches in his five innings. Let's just say that Marshall has NOT been a disaster -- there are plenty of starting pitchers with higher ERAs than Marshall's at this stage of the season -- but I'd like to see him get past the fifth inning.

At this point, all we can do is hope that Lee's injury isn't serious. He's headed back to Chicago today to be examined. That linked article also says:

Eyre's injury, a bruised right knee, was considered to be less serious, and he said he expected to be able to pitch this weekend in St. Louis.

For now, we'll just hold our breaths and hope.