MLB notes: Sheen says he took steroids for role

Actor Charlie Sheen told Sports Illustrated in its latest issue that he took steroids "for like six or eight weeks" while filming the 1989 movie Major League.

"You can print this, I don't give a f---. My fastball went from 79 to like 85," Sheen told the magazine.

Sheen played fireballing relief pitcher Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, whose wayward pitches were often "juuust a bit outside," as Bob Uecker's character, radio broadcaster Harry Doyle, sarcastically announced during the hit comedy.

Sheen, who has made recent headlines for erratic behavior and his firing from the show Two and a Half Men, says it was the only time he took steroids and they made him a bit more irritable than normal.

Roe dropped from 40-man roster

Former Lafayette pitching standout Chaz Roe was designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. The Mariners put left-hander Erik Bedard on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee and selected catcher Jose Yepez from Triple-A Tacoma to take Bedard's spot. Yepez took Roe's spot on the 40-man roster.

Roe, 24, was a first-round pick (32nd overall) of the Colorado Rockies in the 2005 draft. He has yet to pitch in the majors but in seven minor-league seasons is 42-43 with a 4.64 ERA. In 18 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Tacoma this season, Roe went 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA.

Boston's Gonzalez moved to right

Adrian Gonzalez made his second career start in right field, allowing David Ortiz to play first base when the Red Sox faced the Phillies on Tuesday night. Gonzalez made his only other appearance in right field with the Rangers on Sept. 30, 2005. Ortiz hadn't been in the lineup because the DH isn't used in NL parks.

Turns out Wild Thing's fastball had a little extra juice.

Short hops

Derek Jeter could be ready to resume his chase for 3,000 hits by early next week. The injured Yankees shortstop went through his latest round of rehab work Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., and General Manager Brian Cashman said if all goes well over the next couple of days Jeter might begin a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Trenton.

■ Struggling reliever Ryan Franklin has been given his unconditional release by the Cardinals, who ran out of patience waiting for the right-hander to return to the form he displayed last year.

■ Free-agent right-hander Luis Vizcaino has been suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Vizcaino received a 50-game ban for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol under the minor-league drug program.

■ Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes struck out eight and walked two over 61⁄3 innings for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday during his third minor-league rehabilitation appearance.