Royals put RHP Mark Gubicza (4-7, 4.50 ERA) on 21-day DL, retroactive to June 30 (sore shoulder); called up RHP Jay Baller from Omaha. . . . Mets, with C Mackey Sasser expected to miss four or five days (ankle sprain), summon Todd Hundley from AA Jackson to catch one of tonight's games in Cincinnati. . . . Reds, with 27 games in next 25 days, tap P Chris Hammond for promotion from Nashville. . . . Giants put RHP Francisco Oliveras on 15-day DL (viral pneumonia); activated LHP Atlee Hammaker, recovered from hematoma in left triceps. . . . Mariners put LHP Russ Swan on DL (tendinitis in left biceps); activated 1B Alvin Davis and SS Mike Brumley from 15-day DL; outrighted IF Brian Giles to Calgary.


Dennis Gilbert, agent for Jose Canseco, Bret Saberhagen and others, is under investigation by the Major League Baseball Players Association, according to the Los Angeles Times. Gilbert, of Beverly Hills, has been a subject of controversy since before the certification program for agents began in 1988.

The union is most concerned with his alleged method of soliciting clients and retaining them with inducements, the newspaper said. WATCH OUT:

Canseco said he may hire a bodyguard to protect him from fans. "The more I accomplish in the league and the more money I make, the worse it gets," said the A's outfielder, who underscored his desire for privacy by wearing a T-shirt Tuesday with the warning: "Leave me alone."

"Other people have bodyguards," he said. "I met Eddie Murphy, and he had six guys who were bodyguards. They were huge. . . . so huge, even I was scared."