Cubs RHP Kyle Farnsworth took out his frustrations by kicking an electric fan. Now he is expected to miss at least three weeks.

Farnsworth was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained and bruised right knee yesterday, one day after he gave up six runs in the ninth inning of a 15-7 loss to the Astros. Farnsworth, who had been struggling, threw his glove in the stands as he left the field following the inning.

Then, as he went back to the Cubs' clubhouse, he kicked an electric fan that sits in the runway from the dugout, Manager Dusty Baker said. Farnsworth was on crutches yesterday and declined to comment.

"There's a valuable lesson here, an expensive one," Baker said.

* BOWA SAFE, FOR NOW: Larry Bowa will retain his job through the end of the season, but Phillies GM Ed Wade wouldn't address whether the team's manager will return in 2005.

"As is the case at the end of every season, we will sit down at that point to review and address the status of our players, our manager and his staff," Wade said in a statement. "Until that time, our sole focus will be on our performance on the field."

* LOAIZA SENT TO BULLPEN: After five mediocre starts, Esteban Loaiza lost his job in the Yankees' rotation and was sent to the bullpen.

Loaiza is 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA for the Yankees. Manager Joe Torre said the team will return to a conventional five-man rotation after using six starters for two weeks.

-- From News Services