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Glaus jammed his left knee in a victory over the Dodgers on Monday night, speeding up the need to acquire additional offensive help.

“His legs just didn’t hold up,” Wren said, though he was quick to praise Glaus‘ contribution. “Quite frankly, we’re not in position to make a trade like this without Troy Glaus. He carried us.”

Lee showed plenty of power last weekend, but a bulging disk in his lower back is a concern. He had to come out in the final game of the series and received an injection to relieve the pain. He had planned to sit out a three-game series against San Diego and hopefully return by the upcoming weekend _ when, in an interesting twist, the Braves will be in Chicago to take on the Cubs.

Instead of playing against the Braves, Lee will wait for his new team to arrive at Wrigley Field, then switch uniforms.

“I’ll probably have to stop myself from running to this dugout,” said Lee, standing on the Cubs side for the final time. “It’ll be different but it’ll be exciting. Sometimes it’s even more fun to compete against your friends because you can talk a little trash afterward.”

Wren talked Sunday with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who proposed the deal to Lee on the flight home from St. Louis. After talking it over with his wife, Lee agreed to go to Atlanta.

Limping to the finish of another disappointing season, the fifth-place Cubs had little to lose by dealing Lee. They already had traded pitcher Ted Lilly and infielder Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers, and sent infielder Mike Fontenot to San Francisco.

Chicago acquired right-handers Robinson Lopez and Tyrelle Harris and left-hander Jeffrey Lorick from the Braves. Lopez and Lorick were playing at Class-A Rome, while Harris has pitched at three levels this season, most recently for Double-A Mississippi.

“None of us thought this was going to happen this year. We really didn’t,” Hendry said. “It will be good for (Lee) and from that regard, I’m happy for him. But the overall situation we’re in kind of makes us all stumble between miserable and sad every day.”

Lee said he’ll miss Chicago.

“I had a great time here. I grew as a player, grew as a person,” he said. “We didn’t achieve the ultimate goal. Coming here, it just seemed like we were going to get a championship, so that part’s disappointing. But the rest of my experience was nothing but positive.”


Associated Press freelance writer Mike Nadel in Chicago contributed to this report.