Baseball Notable

Rookie

Phil Hughes

went on the disabled list yesterday, becoming the seventh New York Yankees pitcher to go on the DL this season.

Hughes, a 20-year-old considered one of baseball's top prospects, pitched 61/3 hitless innings Tuesday night in his second major-league start, then suffered a strained left hamstring.

It was the Yankees' fourth hamstring injury and led general manager Brian Cashman to fire strength and conditioning coach Marty Miller on Wednesday.

The St. Louis Cardinals were among an estimated 500 mourners in Tupelo, Miss., for pitcher Josh Hancock, who died in an automobile accident early Sunday. Hancock was buried Wednesday in Itawamba County.

Pitcher Randy Flores was the only Cardinal who spoke at the public service. Organizers had expected three or four Cardinals to participate, including manager Tony La Russa. They also anticipated that several players would speak after the memorial service.

Instead, on the advice of centerfielder Jim Edmonds, the traveling party of 50 filed onto two buses behind the church and left immediately after the service.

Righthander John Wasdin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained thumb by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who recalled Marty McLeary from triple-A Indianapolis.

The Arizona Diamondbacks activated Micah Owings from the disabled list to start last night against the New York Mets.

The Boston Red Sox placed reliever Mike Timlin on the 15-day DL and recalled righthander Devern Hansack from triple-A Pawtucket.

Chan Ho Park was designated for assignment, three days after he was hit hard in his season debut with the New York Mets.

Kansas City Royals outfielder Reggie Sanders has a torn left hamstring and will be put on the 15-day disabled list.

The California Highway Patrol will recommend that Orlando Cepeda be charged with drug possession, a spokesman said. The former Giant was arrested in Cordelia, Calif., after an officer discovered marijuana and a white powder in his car.

- Associated Press