Manager John Felske, seeking to replace Matuszek, said Tim Corcoran will play first "against tough right-handers" and rookie outfielder John Russell will play there some. "John Wockenfuss and Greg Gross each also play there and we have young Francisco Melandez in the wings at Portland," he said.

Felske said that about five days ago Russell "really started swinging the bat well."

The Phillies beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-2, in Sarasota, Fla., on Ozzie Virgil's home run in the seventh inning and Corcoran's RBI single in the eighth. Richard Dotson, who'd had a sore arm, pitched five shutout innings for Chicago.

The Phillies and six other NL teams are reportedly interested in left-hander John Henry Johnson, whom the Boston Red Sox waived yesterday. Johnson became expendable when Manager John McNamara sent left-hander Bobby Ojeda to the bullpen.

If no team claims Johnson by this weekend, Boston will have to pay one-sixth of his $240,000 salary. Last time out, he struck out four Phillies in two innings.

Rangers: Texas waived Ned Yost and infielder Jim Anderson. Yost, 29, batted .182 after starting the season as the team's regular catcher. Texas had traded Jim Sundberg to the Milwaukee Brewers to get him.