In last Wednesday's 10-6 loss to the Mets, Lee's first start since coming off the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique, Manuel limited Lee to 84 pitches over six innings. The complexion of the game changed upon Lee's exit, as Kyle Kendrick gave up five runs in the seventh, and Jose Contreras and Brian Sanches allowed one run apiece.
"Last time he pitched, I wanted to send him back out," Manuel said. "It crossed my mind, yes. But I didn't want to get him hurt."
The Astros have not yet named a starter for Tuesday's game.