Yankees C Jorge Posada rejoined the team yesterday after missing two days because his son had surgery.

Jorge Posada IV, born in November 1999, has craniosynostosis, which occurs when the bones in a baby's skull fuse before the brain has stopped growing. It can be corrected through surgery.

The younger Posada underwent a 10-hour procedure on Tuesday at a Tampa area hospital and could be released next week. It was his third operation.

"This could be his last one," Posada said. "It all depends on the bones growing. If the bones don't grow, they'll have go back in there again when he's 7 to 8 years old. We're praying. Hopefully, this is his last one and those bones grow."

Posada said the procedure included reconstructive work on the forehead, bridge of the nose and around the eye.

"We always tell him what's going on," Posada said. "He's only 3 years old. You don't know how much he gets out of it. He said he was going to be strong. It's tough. Now he wants to go home. As soon as he goes home, he starts acting like a normal kid."

* RANGERS: LHP Brian Shouse, a non-roster player invited to Texas's camp in Arizona, was flown to Texas for further tests after his electrocardiogram showed an abnormality.

"I don't believe this to be life-threatening, but I'm not a cardiologist," said Jamie Reed, the team's medical director and head trainer. "This is something we would have done anyway, despite what happened in Baltimore."

Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler died Monday, a day after he was unable to complete a workout.

* ANGELS: Francisco Rodriguez, an overnight success for Anaheim during its drive to the World Series title, agreed to a one-year contract.

Rodriguez, 21, was called up by the Angels last September and pitched just 52/3 innings in the regular season before going 5-1 in the postseason.

* RED SOX: 1B-OF Kevin Millar agreed to a $5.3 million, two-year contract with Boston, ending complicated offseason negotiations that nearly took him to Japan. The contract includes a $3.5 million player option for 2005 that would become guaranteed if Millar has 800 plate appearances the next two seasons.