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Derrek Lee joins Braves from Cubs

The Atlanta Braves bulked up for the playoff race Wednesday, acquiring first baseman Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs.

The Braves sent three minor-league pitchers to the Cubs, none considered top-level prospects.

Atlanta already had Troy Glaus at first base but, in an unexpected move, the team announced he’ll go on the 15-day disabled list. General manager Frank Wren wants Glaus to rest his legs for a week, then head to Triple-A Gwinnett to get in some work at his former position, third base.

Lee has put up disappointing numbers in the final season of his five-year, $65 million contract, hitting .251 with 16 homers and 56 RBI.

The Braves also received cash considerations in the deal.

CAMERON OUT FOR SEASON

Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle. He missed 34 games early in the season.

Cameron, who played for the Mariners from 2000-03, was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season Aug. 2. due to the injury.

Cameron has tried to play through the injury since early in the season. Limited to just 48 games, he hit .259 with four homers with 15 RBI.

SHORT HOPS

Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because he has a deep bruise on his left knee. ... The players’ union filed a grievance against the Mets and the commissioner’s office, protesting how the team has handled Francisco Rodriguez since he was injured in a fight at Citi Field. ... The announced attendance at Wrigley Field for the Cubs’ 6-1 loss to San Diego – their sixth consecutive home defeat – was a season-low 33,267.

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