ARLINGTON -- Carlos Lee was back in his typical No. 4 spot in the batting order Sunday afternoon against the Rangers in his first game since being activated from the 15-day disabled list. Lee, who started at designated hitter, missed 13 games with a strained hamstring.
"It feels pretty good to be back," Lee said. "It's just one part of the game you can't control. Nobody wants to get hurt, but stuff happens and hopefully we work it out and now I'm back on the team."
Lee hit safely in 16 of 20 games prior to going on the disabled list and smacked a line-drive single to center field in his first at-bat Sunday. He was hitting .341 in his 20 games prior to going on the disabled list.
Lee is also the toughest player to strike out in the Major Leagues, entering Sunday with only 10 strikeouts in 207 plate appearances. His return is a welcome sight for an Astros team that has been striking out at an alarming late this month. Houston entered Sunday tied for the National League lead in strikeouts.
"All I can do is help and do my part and maybe they can see better pitches," he said. "Hopefully we can get more people on base. Whatever I can do to help, that's why I'm here."