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Cubs notebook: Players support Floyd at his dad's funeral

Jeff Vorva

Several Cubs players pledged their support for teammate Cliff Floyd when they attended his father's wake and funeral services in Harvey on Saturday morning.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella canceled pregame workouts so the players could attend.

"We had a really good representation," Piniella said. "I planned on going myself, but I wasn't feeling good last night. But we're thinking of Cliff, we really are. It's been a tough day on him, and it's been a tough week. We hope everyone is as comfortable as can be."

“All things considered, Cliff’s doing OK,” Derrek Lee said. “It was a nice service for his father.”

“I feel sorry for Cliff and his family,” Daryle Ward added. “I thank God my father is still alive. I can’t imagine what Cliff has been going through.”

Floyd went on the bereavement list last Sunday, when his father, Cornelius, died. He is allowed just seven days on the list, and his time ran out Saturday.

Piniella said he didn't know if Floyd planned on returning today.

The Cubs have two options. They can activate Floyd and if he does not show up they would play a man short. They also could put him on the seldom-used "restricted list." A player can be on the restricted list for any amount of time but is not paid for time missed. It's more likely the Cubs will activate Floyd and send down a player - possibly outfielder Jake Fox or infielder Ronny Cedeno - to Triple-A Iowa.

"He's been through a lot and when he gets here, he gets here," Piniella said of Floyd. "He'll probably need a couple of days of working out to get back into shape."

Wild time in the ’pen

Before Saturday's game was delayed by rain in the eighth inning, left-hander Carmen Pignatiello and right-hander Kerry Wood were throwing in the bullpen.

Three times their warmup pitches got by the catchers and rolled past the third-base dugout, causing umpire Ted Barrett to call time.

“I couldn’t get a grip on the ball,” Pignatiello said. “I had to stop throwing because I didn’t want to hold up the game.”

See you in September?

Rosters can expand from 25 to 40 in September, but the Cubs aren't planning on going crazy with callups.

"I don't anticipate we'll bring up all that many people," Piniella said. "We're only bringing up people who can specifically help us. Just to overstock your roster for no reason doesn't make sense."

It will be interesting to see if the Cubs bring back left-handed reliever Will Ohman. Through his first three games since an Aug. 7 demotion, he has posted a 3.86 ERA for Iowa. After his demotion, he revealed he had a shoulder injury and during a subsequent radio show he said the medical staff knew about the injury but didn't tell Piniella or general manager Jim Hendry.

That caused some tension with some of Ohman's teammates, who felt he was throwing the trainers and doctors under the bus.

Aches and pains

Catcher Henry Blanco (herniated disc in his neck) went on another rehab assignment Friday. He had two hits and drove in a run in Triple-A Iowa's 9-5 loss to Omaha.

Piniella is not sure how long Blanco will stay in Iowa, but the manager said Blanco "needs some at-bats."

Outfielder Angel Pagan (colitis) is getting stronger and putting on weight, according to the Cubs skipper. Piniella is not sure when Pagan will be activated.

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