Marlins draft pick Jeff Allison spent three days in the hospital because of a heroin overdose, according to police in Lynn, Mass.

Allison was hospitalized after he and a friend split a bag of heroin on July 17. The friend told police that he noticed Allison was having trouble breathing and drove him to a hospital.

Allison was Florida's top pick in the June 2003 draft -- 16th overall -- after a standout career at Peabody (Mass.) High School, where he went 8-0 and didn't allow an earned run in 631/3 innings during his senior season. He signed for a $1.85 million bonus.

In May, he left the Marlins' minor league training camp without permission for undisclosed reasons less than a month after reporting late.

The team placed him on the restricted list, meaning he's inactive and not being paid. He later acknowledged to Boston area media that he had a problem with the painkiller OxyContin.

* VARITEK SORE: Red Sox C Jason Varitek was out of the lineup with a sore right wrist, one day after he pushed Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez in the face and touched off a bench-clearing brawl.

Varitek said he didn't know how he injured himself, but it was likely that it was during the fight.

-- From News Services