Marlins ace RHP Josh Beckett is probably headed back to the disabled list.

Beckett (4-4, 3.86 ERA), trying to recover from a strained back muscle, felt pain while throwing for a second consecutive day yesterday.

He was hoping to start Saturday at Tampa Bay, but a team spokesman said Beckett's latest setback likely will land the World Series MVP on the 15-day DL for the second time in less than a month.

* CONTRERAS FAMILY UPDATE: The family of Yankees RHP Jose Contreras resolved a paperwork issue and was preparing to leave South Florida for New York.

Contreras's wife, Miriam Murillo, and the couple's two daughters, Naylan, 11, and Naylenis, 3, defected to the United States from Cuba on Monday.

* NO FELONY CHARGE: Maricopa (Ariz.) County prosecutors will not pursue a felony charge against Padres prospect Matt Bush, who was arrested for allegedly biting a bouncer escorting him out of a bar. Bill FitzGerald, a spokesman for the County Attorney's Office, said the case was sent back to the city of Peoria, meaning no felony charges would be filed. The shortstop, the No. 1 pick in this month's amateur draft, could face misdemeanor counts.

-- From News Services