"He was smart. He got around it," Lee said. "But I think Major League Baseball needs to look at that so the punishment is more equal."
However, Lee's time off comes at a good spot for him. He fouled a ball off his left ankle in the eighth inning Tuesday night. He could've played Wednesday, but he'll benefit from the rest. His ankle was a factor in his decision.
"A little bit," Lee said. "I probably could've played today but rather than limp through a couple games -- I have to serve it sometime. The feeling was I was going to get at the most one game reduced. Serve it now. We looked at Arizona and they didn't have many lefties. Daryle [Ward] can face them."
Ward, a left-handed hitter, will start at first for the Cubs, who play the Giants on Wednesday and Thursday, then play host to the Diamondbacks this weekend.
Lee did have a hearing scheduled for July 2 but that was postponed.
"You would've liked to have had a hearing," Lee said. "This way, it's just wait and see. And once you have the hearing, you have no choice -- who knows if you have that hearing and it falls before an important series and it might not work out in your favor."
Lee and Young were teammates on the National League All-Star team, the first time they were together since the incident at Wrigley Field.
"We said hello," Lee said.
The Cubs first baseman, who was hitting .337 with eight homers and 48 RBIs, wasn't sure what he was going to do during his suspension. He cannot be in the dugout and cannot be wearing Cubs gear.
"They told me I can't be in my uniform in the clubhouse," he said. "I have to be in my street clothes."
He could go to the press box, but it's not air-conditioned.
"I won't be there," Lee said, smiling.