In fact, Andrew McCutchen could be the biggest benefactor of Lee's presence.
With Lee hitting cleanup, manager Clint Hurdle has the flexibility to slot McCutchen into the No. 3 hole, which is a spot that Hurdle has said he feels could be the ideal long-term fit for McCutchen. The problem with hitting McCutchen third earlier in the year was that there was often a lack of protection behind him.
McCutchen should now reap the benefits of Lee's presence for the rest of this month -- and potentially longer. The Pirates have indicated an interest in trying to re-sign Lee this offseason.
"Having a guy like that hitting behind you, they're going to want to throw to [me] because they don't want to have me on base and then have to pitch to a guy like Derrek Lee with what he's capable of doing," McCutchen said. "It helps them not to pitch around me."
After missing almost a month with a fractured left wrist, Lee returned from the disabled list on Saturday, and finished with three hits and five RBIs in the Pirates' 7-5 win. His two-out, ninth-inning grand slam was Lee's seventh grand slam at Wrigley Field. That ranks Lee second in the ballpark's history behind Ernie Banks, who hit eight grand slams.