Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd, who has been suspended and then hospitalized in recent weeks, might pitch as soon as next weekend.

Red Sox General Manager Lou Gorman said Boyd definitely will not pitch in the team's current series at California or in the three-game series in Chicago that begins Monday, but he said Boyd would pitch in practice when the Red Sox return home Friday.

When asked if Boyd would pitch again for the Red Sox this year, Gorman said, "I don't see why not. Except, God forbid, if something else happens."

Asked if Boyd would pitch by Monday, Aug. 4, Gorman said, "Maybe sooner."

Boyd officially was discharged from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Thursday. At the hospital, Boyd underwent a variety of physical and mental evaluations, including drug tests . . .

Chicago Mayor Harold Washington has written a letter to baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth asking for help to keep the Chicago White Sox from moving to the suburbs or another city, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Washington sent the letter Thursday, saying he would not permit the White Sox to break their "90-year-old civic trust" with Chicago without a fight, according to the newspaper.