Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee has dropped his appeal and began serving a five-game suspension today for his role in a brawl with the San Diego Padres on June 16th.
The melee began after Lee was hit by a pitch from San Diego's Chris Young. Lee was convinced that Young was throwing at him, had words with the pitcher as he walked to first base and then threw a punch. Young swung back and the benches emptied.
Young has already served his five-game suspension.
Lee started serving the suspension, in part, because he has a sore left ankle after fouling a pitch off it last night.
In addition to today's game against the Giants, Lee will also miss Thursday's series finale against San Francisco and a three-game series at Wrigley Field against Arizona this weekend.