Marlins RHP Josh Beckett will be placed on the 15-day disabled list today because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand -- a recurring problem that cut short his start against the Mets yesterday and sent him to the disabled list three times in 2002.
Florida will also activate RHP A.J. Burnett, who will make his return to the major leagues Thursday on the road against the Mets.
The Marlins will recall another pitcher today to replace Beckett, last year's World Series MVP. He lasted only 22/3 innings against the Mets, throwing 55 pitches. The last was a 92-mph fastball that Karim Garcia hit for a two-run homer.
* LEAVING BAD IMPRESSION: White Sox GM Kenny Williams will talk with players before determining the future of RHP Jon Rauch, who left the clubhouse before the end of Saturday's 5-1 loss to Anaheim, drawing criticism from Williams and several teammates.
Williams said through a club spokesman that Rauch may never pitch for the White Sox again. Rauch offered apologies and called it a miscommunication.
* PRIOR STRIKES: Chicago RHP Mark Prior struck out 10 and allowed three hits and two runs in 51/3 innings while making a rehab start for the Class AAA Iowa. Prior, who has spent the entire season on the disabled list, flew to Chicago after the game and will meet today with team officials to determine his next step.
* ANGEL DEBUT: Raul Mondesi returned to the big leagues as the newest member of the Angels. He was immediately put into the injury-depleted starting lineup as the designated hitter and went 0 for 2 with a walk.
-- From News Services