Rockies Manager Jim Leyland, disappointed with the performance of his team, is considering retiring, according to a Denver newspaper.

Leyland said after 35 years in professional baseball, he no longer is certain he has the fire necessary to lead a major league team.

Leyland told the Denver Post he has held recent, serious discussions with Rockies owner Jerry McMorris about stepping down as manager next month, after his first season on the job in Colorado.

"I'm seriously considering retiring from managing," Leyland said, before a 9-8 loss to the Pirates.

He refused to discuss the situation after the game.

"It has been disappointing," said Leyland, who takes full responsibility for an underachieving team.

He also has asked McMorris if it would be possible for him to remain with the organization in a reduced role, with less responsibility and constraints on his time.

General manager Bob Gebhard resigned under pressure Aug. 20.

STARGELL HOSPITALIZED: Hall of Famer Willie Stargell has been hospitalized for at least three weeks, undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Stargell, who has battled several medical problems for the last 10 years, was admitted to a Pittsburgh hospital under an assumed name for tests, according to three sources close to the Pirates.

During his hospital stay, the 58-year-old former Pirates star underwent blood tests and dialysis, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The sources did not disclose Stargell's specific ailment or which of his organs was involved.

TRADE COMPLETE: The Cubs acquired 3B Cole Liniak from Boston, completing Tuesday's trade in which P Rod Beck was sent to the Red Sox for P Mark Guthrie.

SCHOUREK BACK: The Pirates activated LHP Pete Schourek off the disabled list.