Ramirez's tonsils send third baseman home

A bad cold. Really?

Aramis Ramirez told the Cubs' training staff Friday he wasn't feeling well enough to play due to a head cold.

After getting a cortisone shot to cool off an achy left shoulder on Monday, the diagnosis turned out to be a little worse than a cold. Ramirez was sent home when team doctors found that inflamed tonsils were a part of third baseman's recent illness. No word right now on how long Ramirez will be out, but any type of antibiotic that was prescribed could take a couple of days to work on his flu-like symptoms.

Milton Bradley was scratched from Friday's game with a sore right hip. According to manager Lou Piniella, Bradley incurred the minor injury to his hip flexor when he had to make a long run into foul territory to record an out in Thursday's game. Piniella was not sure how many days of therapy Bradley would need to get back on the field.