Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/2/12
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Badly timed injuries to first baseman Carlos Lee and outfielder Travis Buck have the Astros wondering just how short their bench can go in an effort to avoid disabled list stints. Buck was already banged up before, and Lee was injured during the Astros' 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday at Minute Maid Park. Lee pulled his left hamstring Friday, and Buck has a sore right heel. Manager Brad Mills seems to want to avoid a move with his team, which hasn't sent a position player to the DL since spring training. But he acknowledged there's a limit to how far he'll go with a three-man bench. "There's always a possibility," Mills said of a move. "We'll make sure we'll check some things out with Carlos. With Travis, the doctor's in there looking at them both and we're trying to maneuver our way through some of those things right now and see how they go." Lee would be the bigger loss, mostly from a standpoint of his hitting for average. Though his slugging percentage has dropp...
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