Foulke could throw up to three times this week

Updated: August 7, 2005, 9:57 PM ET
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Boston Red Sox: Closer Keith Foulke is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday, the first time he's done so since he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee July 7. If all goes well, he'll throw again Wednesday and Friday. Within two weeks -- three at the latest -- Foulke should be ready to rejoin the bullpen, The Boston Globe reported.

The Sox don't feel health is the No. 1 issue with Foulke; it's his ability to get people out. That factor will help determine if Curt Schilling can return the starting rotation.

"At some point, and I can't give you the way it's going to happen, but say we know Foulke is back and ready to go, and he's good," manager Terry Francona told the paper Saturday. "We'll find a spot to pitch Schilling three [innings], and he'll come back as a starter."

Minnesota Twins: Third baseman Michael Cuddyer will likely sit out for at least a week with a sore right knee.

Cuddyer, who was scheduled for an MRI test, was not on the team's trip to Seattle after Sunday's 11-7 loss to Boston. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Cuddyer was hurt sliding into second base in the ninth inning of Saturday's 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

It didn't bother him until Sunday, when he scored in the seventh inning from first base on a single by Juan Castro and a throwing error by Edgar Renteria. Cuddyer left the game after that.

If the MRI reveals no damage, Gardenhire said it would still probably be at least seven to 10 days before Cuddyer would play again.

Cuddyer is batting .265 with 43 runs, eight homers and 28 RBI in 279 at-bats.

San Francisco Giants: Left-hander Kirk Rueter was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Giants with gout in his right big toe.

The move was retroactive to July 30. San Francisco also purchased the contract of right-hander Brian Cooper from Triple-A Fresno.

Rueter, who lost his longtime spot in the Giants' rotation last month, has barely pitched as a reliever in the last four weeks. San Francisco hoped he could make Sunday's start in place of Brett Tomko, who has a bruised foot.

Instead, the Giants recalled Cooper, a journeyman who pitched briefly for San Francisco last year. He made his season debut Sunday, starting against Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros.

Chicago Cubs: Pitcher Carlos Zambrano left Sunday night's start against the Mets after three innings because of tightness in his lower back.

Zambrano threw 80 pitches and departed trailing 4-0. He gave up two earned runs and four hits.

An All-Star last season, the 24-year-old right-hander entered 8-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 22 starts this year. He won his previous four decisions and had lasted at least seven innings in his past seven starts.

Michael Wuertz took over for the Cubs in the fourth.

Seattle Mariners: Former Mariners closer Kazuhiro Sasaki intends to retire at the end of this season.

The 37-year-old, right-handed reliever is in the final year of a two-year contract with the Yokohama BayStars of Japan's Central League. He is 0-3 with four saves and a 9.53 ERA in eight games.

"I told the team I plan to retire at the end of the season," Sasaki said Sunday. "I haven't been able to pitch the way I wanted to and I apologize to the fans for that."

Before joining the Mariners in 2000, Sasaki played 10 seasons with the BayStars and was Japan's career saves leader when he left for the United States.

Sasaki was named to the All-Star team in 2001, when he set a Mariners' record with 45 s

Washington Nationals: Looking for some help on offense, the Nationals called up outfielder Brandon Watson from Triple-A New Orleans and designated outfielder Matt Cepicky for assignment.

Cepicky wasn't pleased about the move, which puts him on waivers for 72 hours. If he is not claimed, he'll have the choice of reporting to New Orleans or becoming a free agent.

"I am always the odd man out," Cepicky said as he cleared out his locker after going 1-for-4 in Sunday afternoon's 3-0 loss to San Diego. "I don't understand why me going down is going to help this team win. ... If the team was winning, this wouldn't happen, but unfortunately, the team is not, so they look for a way to help it out."

He hit .240 (6-for-25) in two stints with the Nationals this season.

Watson was hitting .357 with 14 doubles, 20 RBI and 26 steals in 38 attempts over 73 games at New Orleans through Friday.

Baltimore Orioles: Tom Trebelhorn is the Orioles' new bench coach, with Rick Dempsey becoming the third-base coach and Dave Cash the first-base coach.

The moves were announced by interim manager Sam Perlozzo on Sunday and will take effect Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

Perlozzo was the team's bench coach before taking over for fired manager Lee Mazzilli on Thursday. Trebelhorn, in his fifth season as Baltimore's third-base coach, has managed the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs.

Dempsey will take over third-base duties from Trebelhorn. Cash was a field coach for Triple-A Ottawa.

Florida Marlins: The Marlins shored up their catching by buying the contract of catcher Ryan Jorgensen from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Florida's catching became thin after Paul Lo Duca strained his right hamstring while trying to advance from second to third on a fly ball to right field in the second inning of Saturday's loss at Cincinnati. He had to leave the game, but he has not been placed on the disabled list.

Jorgensen, 26, hit .193 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 51 games with Albuquerque. His first appearance will be his major league debut.

The Marlins optioned right-hander Randy Messenger to Albuquerque, one day after he was called up for his third stint of the season. He didn't pitch Saturday.

Florida also transferred right-hander Logan Kensing from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day list. Kensing hasn't pitched since May 25 because of a sore right elbow.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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