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Cubs' Lee leaves for season, daughter ill

Sept. 18, 2006 at 3:07 PM

CHICAGO, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee announced he will sit out the rest of the season to care for his sick 3-year-old daughter.

Lee, who had previously been sidelined after breaking his wrist April 19, said the cause of the child's illness was still unknown, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

"We've had a family emergency. It has to do with our daughter," Lee said Sunday. "Until we get this cleared up, I won't be with the team.

"My daughter's lost some vision in one eye, and until we find out more at a later time ... right now we have to go through some more tests," he said. "We just ask for everyone's prayers. We need a miracle and we ask for your prayers. We need everyone to believe she's going to be OK."

"You break your wrist and you think that's a big deal," Lee said. "Then something like this happens, and it really slaps you in the face. It's all about your loved ones and your family."

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