Mills, Astros players react to Lee trade

Mills, Astros players react to Lee trade

PITTSBURGH -- While the Astros were killing time in the clubhouse before taking batting practice on Thursday, some of the players were watching former teammate Carlos Lee go 2-for-4 in his debut with the Marlins, who traded for him on Wednesday.

Lee was a mainstay with the Astros for 5 1/2 years, and it was strange to see his locker cleared out in PNC Park.

"It's always strange when you see a guy playing in a different uniform, and the next thing you know, he's in another one, especially when he was in ours," third baseman Chris Johnson said. "It's a little different, but that's the nature of the beast."

Astros manager Brad Mills was instructed to pull Lee from the game in the seventh inning Wednesday because of the trade. Mills admitted the trade to the Marlins caught him off-guard, though the Astros tried to send Lee to the Dodgers earlier in the week.

"They came to me in the seventh inning and said, 'Hey, get him out of the lineup, he's been traded,'" Mills said. "The game's over and I go in and talk to Carlos and wished him well and gave him a hug and thanked him and now he's gone. Now we move on down the road."