According to the Associated Press, 63-year-old Bill “Spaceman” Lee has signed with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League on Monday.
Lee, who recently made the news for some pointed comments after the death of George Steinbrenner, is expected to start the season finale against the Worcester Tornadoes on September 5.
By the way, this isn’t something out of the ordinary for the outspoken southpaw. He has competed in various independent leagues in New England and Canada since his major league career came to an end in 1982. Lee, of course, compiled a 119-90 record and 3.62 ERA over 14 major league seasons with the Red Sox and Expos.
Most of Lee’s career came before I was even born, but he’s always been a fascinating personality to me, transcending the sport of baseball. I’d recommend watching this documentary, “Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey,” if you haven’t seen it already.
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.