BRETT HURT: Kansas City Royals first baseman George Brett will be out of action three to four days after bruising his collarbone in a ninth-inning collision Monday with the Cleveland Indians' Mitch Webster. Brett, who was covering first base to take a flip from pitcher Jeff Montgomery, was knocked down as he went into the baseline after the ball. Webster was out on the play.

In addition, the Royals activated Danny Tartabull and put Rey Palacios (sore right shoulder) on the 15-day DL.

HEATH SUSPENDED: Detroit Tigers C Mike Heath was suspended for two games for bumping umpire John Hirschbeck while arguing a call July 23. Heath plans to appeal, and can continue playing until a hearing is held. This hearing is expected to take place this week in New York, where the Tigers are playing the New York Yankees.

MOVES: The Boston Red Sox activated Dwight Evans from the disabled list and signed free agent left-hander Joe Hesketh. Infielder Randy Kutcher was sent to Pawtucket and put right-hander Wes Gardner on the 15-day DL. . . .

The Padres' Benito Santiago, sidelined since June 14 with a broken left forearm, will join Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League on Thursday to begin a 20-day rehabilitation assignment.

Santiago, voted the NL's starting catcher for the All-Star Game, missed the contest after being hit by a pitch June 14 by the Giants' Jeff Brantley. He was batting .317 with nine home runs and 33 RBI.

FOR SALE: Royals co-owner Ewing Kauffman completed a bailout of his ill-fated partner and said the ballclub he founded would be offered to the highest bidder -- but that he would retain the right to match the offer.

Co-owner Avron Fogelman, hampered by losses in real estate, accepted a $34 million loan from Kauffman, using his 50 percent share of the team as collateral.

TORRE ON CALL: The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to name Joe Torre manager in an announcement that could come as early as today.

Torre, 50, a broadcaster with the Angels, is a former Cardinals catcher and NL most valuable player. He last managed Atlanta in 1984.