White Sox slugger Dye misses fourth straight game

Chicago White Sox: Right fielder Jermaine Dye was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game Sunday as he recovered from bug bites to his left leg that became infected.

"It's just a weird injury. Not really an injury but just a weird situation," Dye said Sunday before a game against the Red Sox.

"Being bit by a spider five times and having it turn out to be something that's pretty serious, you worry about it a little bit. That's why I went to the hospital and got IVs and all the antibiotics in me, so it wouldn't spread too much and become real dangerous," he said.

Dye said he was apparently bitten in his bed at a hotel in Cleveland, where the White Sox played four games right after the All-Star break.

"When it first happened it just looked like little bites, so I just kept playing or whatever and all the sudden it just kept getting bigger and bigger," Dye said. "And the lymph nodes and stuff started popping up, so you know that you need to go see a doctor and see what's going on.

"Tests haven't come back yet on what it really was -- doctors said it was just a poisonous spider or something. Once you find out that it can become dangerous if it spreads and gets into your system, you start to worry," he said.

Dye, batting .261 with 19 homers and 47 RBI after a slow start, said he would make sure he checked out his bed from now on.

"I think I'm going to pull back the sheets now," he said.

St. Louis Cardinals: Rookie John Rodriguez was not in the Cardinals' lineup a day after he sprained his right ankle tripping over an exposed nail in the dugout steps.

Rodriguez, batting .381 with two home runs and three RBI in six games since being called up for the first time in his career, said the ankle was about 75 percent. The 27-year-old Rodriguez has hit in all six of his major-league games and is hopeful of returning to the lineup after the Cardinals' day off Monday.

"Nothing I can do, I just watch the game for the first time," said Rodriguez, filling in for the injured Reggie Sanders. "It hurts but then again it doesn't. It's just telling me they're looking out for me."

The nail he tripped over was no longer exposed Sunday afternoon. Right fielder Larry Walker got his cleats caught on the same nail earlier in the season and also missed a start, and Jim Edmonds said he's often mentioned the problem to team officials.

Walker also was not in the lineup, missing his second straight start with neck discomfort. Walker has had two cortisone injections for a herniated disc, the first lasting about six weeks and the second closer to three weeks, and began to complain of recurring problems about a week ago. Walker has struck out in five of his last eight at-bats.

Manager Tony La Russa and trainer Barry Weinberg said the team would decide a course of action for Walker in the next day or so, including the possibility of a third injection. Walker will accompany the team on a six-game trip that starts Tuesday.

Weinberg said Rodriguez had a mild to moderate sprain. La Russa did not complete his lineup card until being told it was advisable to give Rodriguez a day off.

"He ran a little bit but not very well," Weinberg said. "He can hit so he's probably available to pinch-hit, but he just wasn't moving good enough in the outfield to take the cutting."

So Taguchi started in left in place of Rodriguez.

Baltimore Orioles: Catcher Javy Lopez (broken right hand) is scheduled to rejoin the team Monday. Lopez, sidelined since May 24, started a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Thursday.

Chicago Cubs: Corey Patterson, demoted to Triple-A Iowa earlier this month, apparently isn't close to being recalled.

"He's been a bit inconsistent, of course," manager Dusty Baker said. "Rebuilding something, sometimes it takes a little bit longer than we want it to.
Sometimes that light can come and boom, and sometimes it can take more time."

Philadelphia Phillies: Manager Charlie Manuel will miss Monday's and Tuesday's games at Houston to attend the funeral for his oldest sister.

Janet Dolores, the oldest of Manuel's 10 siblings, died after battling liver and kidney problems. She had been taken off life support last week.

Manuel will return on Wednesday, and Gary Varsho will manage the team in his place.

Toronto Blue Jays: Center fielder Vernon Wells
was removed from Toronto's game against the Royals after he fouled a ball off his left shin in the fifth inning.

Wells was taken for X-rays. He went into the game leading the AL with 22 RBI in July.

Washington Nationals: Outfielder Jose Guillen was hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Dan Wheeler in the ninth inning and was taken out of the game against the Astros.

Guillen was taken to a hospital for X-rays, but the results were negative. He is listed as day-to-day with a bruise.