As Willie McGee's playing career winds down and he spends more time on the bench watching the game and bouncing ideas off Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa, he's getting a feel for what it would be like to be in charge.

La Russa gives him an unqualified endorsement, and McGee is intrigued.

"I don't see myself doing it, but this man has been doing it for a long time and that makes me feel good that he thinks I'm capable of doing it," the 40-year-old outfielder said. "I love the game, in any capacity. Whether it's coaching, playing, whatever it is."

La Russa said McGee has served an apprenticeship of sorts as an unofficial coach since the Cardinals reacquired the former NL MVP in 1996.

"He's one of those guys who asks a lot of questions, and that's probably why he's been picking my brain," OF Eric Davis, 36, said. "I pick his brain as well. I think it's easy for him to talk to me because I've been around for so long."

Davis thinks McGee would be an excellent manager.

"Absolutely," he said. "He's knowledgeable about the game, he has great instincts, and he communicates."

HIP CHECK: Rangers pitching coach Dick Bosman will miss at least a month after being injured in an inline-skating accident, the team said. Bosman, 55, broke his hip while skating near Edison Field Monday before the Rangers' game with the Anaheim Angels.