CAUGHT STEALING: When Scott Hasemeier tried to sell a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth at Bud's Baseball Cards in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he attracted immediate attention.

Shop owners recognized the ball as the property of Neil McRae Whitefield, an avid collector whose home was burglarized on Aug. 17. The ball signed by the late Hall of Fame slugger is valued at $6,000.

Hasemeier, 30, claimed he got the ball in a trade -- for crack cocaine, police said. When he was arrested, Hasemeier was wearing a shirt owned by Whitefield, police said. Hasemeier was charged with possessing and dealing stolen property.

COMINGS, GOINGS: Glenn Davis has rejoined the Astros after completing a rehabilitation assignment (torn rib cage muscle) with the team's Class AA affiliate in Columbus, Ga. He is expected to be activated before today's game. To make room, RHP Brian Fisher was waived. . . . Pittsburgh waived OF Wes Chamberlain, P Mike Roesler -- obtained from Cincinnati last April in the Billy Hatcher trade -- and OF Julio Peguero. . . . Atlanta put RHP Doug Sisk on waivers. . . . The Reds recalled C Terry McGriff from Nashville of the American Association, sending down P Chris Hammond.

DEADLINE: Expos President Claude Brochu said he's optimistic that he can meet owner Charles Bronfman's deadline to make an offer for the team.

Bronfman set Sept. 1 as the deadline for local interests to make an offer for the team, which he put on sale in the spring. After that date, he said, he'll consider offers from out-of-town buyers. He's believed to be seeking about $100 million.