Lee MRI comes back clean

SARASOTA, Fla. - The MRI taken earlier today on Derrek Lee's right wrist didn't reveal any structural damage, matching the results of yesterday's X-rays.

Lee is dealing with some soreness that he believes is due to the atrophy that developed while his hand was in a cast following surgery in November to repair a torn ligament in his thumb.

"The MRI came back normal. Nothing really unexpected," said president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

Lee will wait a few days to reduce the inflammation, most likely caused by tendinitis in his wrist, before attempting to swing a bat. He took infield again today and watched part of the game from the dugout.

"This is what they told me they expected. They were pretty sure what it would be and that's what it turned out to be," MacPhail said.

The Orioles remain confident that Lee will get enough at-bats to be ready for the April 1 opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

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