* Charlie Manuel refused to take ninth-inning duties away from Brad Lidge despite a 7.27 ERA and six blown saves, but he'll have no choice now that the closer has landed on the disabled list with a sprained knee. Ryan Madson will get the save chances in Lidge's absence after posting a 2.22 ERA and 31/9 K/BB ratio in 28.1 innings as a setup man.
* Nate McLouth faced his overly emotional ex-teammates in a 15-inning Braves win last night and went 3-for-7 with a homer while his replacement in center field, Andrew McCutchen, went 4-for-7 with a double and two triples.
* Mike Cameron has been suspended two games for making contact with umpire Marvin Hudson during Saturday's game, but the center fielder announced plans to be appeal by saying: "If you look at the tape, you'll see I didn't bump him."
* Rich Harden's rehab outing was delayed one day because he was feeling sick, but he was relatively effective in 4.2 innings at Triple-A yesterday and could be cleared to rejoin the Cubs' rotation as soon as this weekend.