Lee completes physical, headed back home (added Liz note)

First baseman Derrek Lee, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Orioles earlier this week, completed his physical in Baltimore today and was headed back to Southern California this evening.

The club is waiting on the results of the examination -- which will be determined either tonight or tomorrow morning -- before officially announcing the deal.

If all goes well, Lee likely will speak to the Orioles’ media contingent via a conference call on Thursday

Lee, 35, hit .260 with a .347 on-base percentage, 19 homers and 80 RBIs in 148 games with the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves in 2010.

Added: In other news, the San Diego Padres announced they have released right-hander Radhames Liz, whom the Orioles waived last winter. Liz, 27, had a 4.83 ERA in 25 games (22 starts) for the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in 2010.

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