The White Sox placed the majors' steals leader Scott Podsednik on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of a strained muscle in his left leg. The move was retroactive to Saturday.

Podsednik, who has 54 stolen bases, has been bothered by the injury for the past three weeks and has been caught stealing nine times in his last 13 attempts. He has been caught stealing 18 times this season.

"It wasn't real hard to make a decision. It's been nagging on me for quite some time now and it got to the point where I can't continue on," Podsednik said. "I have probably been running 60 to 70 percent, so it's matter of getting in there and getting some treatment on it and gaining some strength back."

He's batting .282 in the leadoff spot for the White Sox, who have the best record in the majors.

To take Podsednik's spot, the White Sox purchased the contract of OF Brian Anderson from Class AAA Charlotte.

* TIGERS' WHITE ON DL: The Tigers placed OF Rondell White on the 15-day DL because of a dislocated shoulder, and recalled OF Curtis Granderson from AAA Toledo.

White, who was to have an MRI exam yesterday, injured his left shoulder diving for David DeJesus's inside-the-park homer on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.

"I know it didn't look good when it happened, but it's hard to say how long it's going to be," Tigers Manager Alan Trammell said before opening a three-game series against Boston. "I feel for Rondell because he's had a history of injuries, and he's a great guy."

White was on the DL eight times between 1996 and 2001 and didn't play much during the final two months last year because of a hip injury. He hit .313 with 12 home runs and 53 RBI in 97 games this season, limited by a sore right shoulder.

* B. BELL MISSES GAME: Royals Manager Buddy Bell missed last night's game against the Mariners to attend services at Arlington National Cemetery for his nephew, a Marine killed in Iraq. Lance Cpl. Tim Bell Jr. was killed by a roadside bomb this month. Bench coach Bob Schaefer took over for Bell.

-- From News Services

Scott Podsednik, the major leagues' leader in stolen bases with 54, has been bothered by a strained muscle in his leg.