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Monday, August 8, 2005
Closer plans to throw two more bullpen sessions

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Boston Red Sox: Closer Keith Foulke threw in the bullpen Monday for the first time since knee surgery but isn't close to coming off the disabled list. He plans to throw again in the bullpen before home games Wednesday night and Friday night.

"He's missed some time. He's had knee surgery," manager Terry Francona said before Boston's game against the Rangers. "I think some people are getting carried away" about how soon he will return.

Foulke struggled most of the season before undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee July 7, the day after he went on the disabled list. Curt Schilling took over as the closer July 14 and was 2-2 with nine saves in 10 chances and a 3.38 ERA in 15 games as a reliever entering Monday's game.

Foulke was outstanding in last year's AL Championship Series and World Series but is 5-5 with a 6.23 ERA and 15 saves in 19 opportunities this year.

"Foulkie went out today early and threw about 25 pitches," Francona said. "He just got the rust off, I guess maybe check some mechanics."

He said it was too early to discuss whether Foulke would go on a rehabilitation assignment before pitching for the Red Sox.

"He's got to do some pitching off the mound" first, Francona said.

Youkilis returns: The Red Sox recalled third baseman Kevin Youkilis from Triple-A Pawtucket and designated outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. for assignment.

Boston's need for Youkilis increased when third baseman Bill Mueller experienced back spasms Monday and was removed from the starting lineup against Texas. Mueller is day-to-day and Alex Cora started at third base.

Cruz was acquired 10 days earlier in a trade with Arizona and went 3-for-12 in four games with no homers and no RBI for Boston.

The switch-hitter was picked up after right fielder Trot Nixon went on the disabled list July 27 with a strained muscle on his left side. Nixon said Monday he was feeling better and would hit off a tee Tuesday.

"In the words of our medical people, he's doing very well," manager Terry Francona said. "That doesn't mean he's going to start playing tomorrow."

Nixon is batting .293 with 11 homers and 50 RBI in 89 games.

Youkilis went to Pawtucket on July 20 and was replaced on the roster by second baseman Tony Graffanino, who had been acquired from Kansas City. At the time, Youkilis was hitting .286 with a homer and nine RBI in 31 games over three stints with Boston.

Washington Nationals: Outfielder Jose Guillen will get a second opinion on his ailing left shoulder, heading to Alabama to see Dr. James Andrews. An MRI showed a small tear in his rotator cuff.

"I'm going to do what's best for me, my family and the team," Guillen told The Washington Times on Sunday. "I have a long future ahead of me. ... I've got to look out for my career and see what's going to be the best for me."

General manager Jim Bowden doesn't expect Guillen to play in the team's next series, at Houston, and added that Guillen probably won't play in the following trip to Colorado. Bowden doesn't plan to put Guillen on the disabled list, though.

Seattle Mariners: The team released veteran catcher Pat Borders, who was designated for assignment on July 29.

Borders, 42, hit .197 with one home run and seven RBI in 39 games for the Mariners this season.

The Mariners currently have two catchers on their roster, Wiki Gonzalez and Yorvit Torrealba.

St. Louis Cardinals: Right-hander Anthony Reyes, the top pitching prospect in the Cardinals organization, will make his major-league debut Tuesday night at Milwaukee.

Manager Tony La Russa, whose team has just one off day this month, said Monday that he'll activate Reyes before the game and that the pitcher will likely be sent back to Triple-A Memphis afterward.

The 23-year-old Reyes was 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 19 starts at Memphis. He was also impressive in four spring training starts for the Cardinals.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him tomorrow," La Russa said. "If he's himself, he'll give us a chance to win."

Colorado Rockies: The team placed reliever Dan Miceli on the 15-day disabled list and made the move retroactive to Aug. 5.

Miceli has a deep bone bruise on his left foot after being hit by a line drive off the bat of San Francisco's Michael Tucker last Thursday.

"There was no need to force the issue," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "This should give Dan enough time to recover and be able to be competitive when he's eligible to come off the DL."

Miceli was 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 19 appearances this year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.