Floyd's father will have to wait for his Father's Day present, but Cliff's presence at the hospital for his dad may be gift enough.

With his father, Cornelius, ailing, Cliff Floyd has been dealing with so much angst and pressure that as of Sunday morning, he had forgotten to buy him a Father’s Day gift.


Cornelius Floyd, 57, has been hospitalized since June 8 with fluid around his heart and kidneys. He had a kidney transplant approximately 20 years ago, according to Cliff.


The Cubs outfielder has been spending time at the hospital before and after games at Wrigley Field. He realized Sunday he hadn’t gotten his father a gift, but the elder Floyd’s ability to communicate has been limited.


“I didn’t get him nothing - believe it or not,” Cliff said. “I think more so us being there for him (is appreciated).


“You know what? I have a couple of days to work on it. We’re going to Texas (the Cubs play the Rangers from Tuesday through Thursday), and I can get something there. When I come back, he’s not going to know I got it late.”


Floyd can use humor regarding his father’s situation because Cornelius’ condition is improving. When the Cubs were in Atlanta on June 8 and Floyd had to fly home, the situation looked bleak.


“I don’t want to use phrases like ‘out of the woods,’ but when we get back from Texas, we should definitely know if it’s kidney failure or this or that,” Floyd said. “He’s not having surgery. He is trying to talk. He’s moving his legs. Everything looks good, but we still have to figure out if the kidneys are going to fail or not.”


Gagne on Cubs’ radar?


With the Cubs headed to Texas, rumors are out in full force, claiming the Cubs are eyeing a Rangers reliever.


The New York Daily News speculated Sunday that manager Lou Piniella will urge general manager Jim Hendry to pick up a “power relief arm a la Eric Gagne” before the July 31 trading deadline.


Gagne, one of the most dominant closers in the game as a Los Angeles Dodger from 2002-04 (142 saves in that span), is 1-0 with a 0.50 ERA and seven saves in 19 appearances with the Rangers this year. But he’s also been on and off the disabled list the last three years with back, elbow and hip problems.


Backup to the backup


Before being sent to Triple-A Iowa last week, outfielder Matt Murton was the Cubs’ emergency catcher, to be used only if Michael Barrett and Koyie Hill suddenly became unavailable. Piniella said infielder Daryle Ward (eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday) or Ryan Theriot could be used in a pinch.


Red-hot Cameron


Former Joliet Catholic Academy standout Kevin Cameron pitched a scoreless inning for San Diego against the Cubs on Friday to lower his ERA to 0.40, best among major league relievers. He had a streak of 17 1/3 scoreless innings from Opening Day through May 29.


Short hops


Left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada was sent back to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Ward. ... Felix Pie stole his sixth base of the season Sunday - all since his second call-up of the season on June 3.


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