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Ramirez, Bradley sit this one out
By Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff

Sam Fuld is safe at third after careening into Pirates third baseman Adam LaRoche in the first inning on Friday at Wrigley Field.


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Published: 8/14/2009 7:04 PM | Updated: 8/14/2009 7:05 PM

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The Cubs' ever-crowded sick bay claimed two more Friday.

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who had been out with a sore shoulder, was sent home with a bad sore throat.

Right fielder Milton Bradley had "tightness" in his right hip, an ailment he suffered in Thursday's series finale with the Phillies.

Both are day to day. The bigger concern is Ramirez, who was out from early May through early July with a dislocated left shoulder. He missed the entire three-game series this week with the Phillies as well as the final two games in Colorado.

"I think the best way to do this is, he'll let us know, and that's the best way," manager Lou Piniella said of Ramirez's availability. "I certainly don't want to play anybody who's not 100 percent or doesn't feel he's 100 percent, doesn't feel he could go out there and contribute as much as he could.

"He knows himself much better than anybody else. When he can't make it, let me know or let the trainer know, and that's the end of it. We'll get somebody else out there."

Old home week: Former Pirates pitcher Tom Gorzelanny is ready to start for the Cubs today against his old team.

"It's fun just pitching in the big leagues again," said Gorzelanny, whom the Cubs obtained in a July 30 trade while Gorzelanny was in the minor leagues. "It's a little added, I guess, excitement, pitching against my old team. I'm not going to try to let that affect me. I just want to go out there and pitch my game and do what we can to win and get this going the right way."

Gorzelanny left last Monday's start in Colorado after he was hit on the right foot with a batted ball.

Lefty reliever John Grabow, who also came over in the same trade, worked a scoreless inning Friday.

Quite a turnaround: Kosuke Fukudome was one of the regulars who played the entire day Friday as the Cubs routed the Pirates 17-2. He hit his 10th home run, equaling last year's total. He sports a .275 batting average and .391 on-base percentage. A year ago at this time, he was in a major second-half slump.

"I'm comfortable right now, and the result is definitely better than what it was last year," he said. "Hopefully, I continue doing this."