MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Ed Montague, a National League crew chief who supports union leader Richie Phillips, missed Friday's game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals, saying he was dehydrated.

Montague, who survived this week's purge of 22 umpires, consulted with a trainer before the game.

``When the doctor prescribes Gatorade for a malady, you have to be skeptical,'' said Sandy Alderson, executive vice president for baseball operations in the commissioner's office.

Alderson said baseball normally reviews the situation when an umpire misses a game because of illness.

Along with Mike Winters and Kerwin Danley, Montague worked Thursday's game, and all three had ``22'' stenciled on their caps. Montague was sharply critical of baseball commissioner Bud Selig during pregame interviews.

Winters and Danley were displeased when told of Alderson's remarks.

``Eddie was wiped out,'' Winters said. ``His credibility in this league has never been questioned.''

``So (Alderson) is a doctor now?'' Danley asked.

Tony Randazzo, one of the 25 new umpires hired by the American and National leagues, worked home plate Friday in place of Montague as part of a three-man crew that included Winters and Danley.