MESA, Ariz. _ Rich Harden won't start today's televised (Channel 9) game against the Padres as originally scheduled. He's come down with a flu-like illness and will pitch a simulated game on the back field and then head home. Mitch Atkins, whom the Cubs already optioned out to Iowa, will start in Harden's place. Derrek Lee won't play until tomorrow against the White Sox in Glendale. Lee has been bothered by a sore right quad, but the Cubs say he'll go through a full workout and take batting practice today.
Aaron Heilman said he was "disappointed" in not winning the fifth-starter's spot, but he added that his results didn't "speak as loudly as I wanted them to" as he lost out to Sean Marshall. Heilman now goes to the bullpen, where he pitched for the Mets the past several years.
Corey Koskie arrived this morning, one day after leaving the game against the Mariners because he wasn't feeling good. We may talk to him later. Koskie is trying to make a comeback from post-concussion syndrome. We have no word yet on the nature of what ailed Koskie yesterday.