The Red Sox traded veteran catcher Rich Gedman, 30, to the Houston Astros for a player to be named.

John Marzano, a veteran of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, is up from Pawtucket to fill in behind Tony Pena of the Red Sox. The Astros' first-string catcher is Craig Biggio.

Gedman, 30, had asked to be dealt. He is three for 15 this season. Marzano hit .320 in Pawtucket. . . .

The Expos put reliever Tim Burke on the 21-day disabled list retroactive to May 31 with a hairline fracture of his right fibula. . . .

The Cleveland Indians, seeking left-handed hitting, optioned utility man Steve Springer to Colorado Springs and called up outfielder Beau Allred. . . . The Kansas City Royals put pitcher Storm Davis on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 31 and bought pitcher Andy McGaffigan from Omaha.

Davis, 1-5 with a 5.40 ERA, bruised a knuckle on his pitching hand last week. McGaffigan, formerly with the Montreal Expos, was 2-1 with a 3.70 ERA in 17 innings at Omaha. . . .

The Pirates signed their first-round draft pick, right-hander Kurt Miller, and assigned him to their Class A farm club in Welland, Ontario.


Joe Chandler, team orthopedist for the Braves, says pitcher Tom Glavine probably will not need surgery because of circulation problems in his left hand. Chandler diagnosed the problem as Renaud's syndrome, and said it will be treated medicinally.


The Tigers are 15-15 on the road. They were 21-60 last season.