BaseballThe heart surgery scheduled to be performed today...

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June 22, 1993

Baseball

The heart surgery scheduled to be performed today on former Orioles outfielder Joe Orsulak's son, Michael, was postponed for at least one month because of an ear infection.

* National League president Bill White suspended six players for three beanball incidents, two of them involving the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Rick Trlicek of the Dodgers and Gary Sheffield of San Diego were suspended for three games each for an episode June 10. Jose Bautista of Chicago was suspended for three games for hitting Mark Carreon of San Francisco after a warning had been issued in the game June 11.

Ramon Martinez of the Dodgers was suspended for five games for hitting Charlie Hayes of Colorado, triggering a brawl June 15. Hayes was suspended for three games for fighting. Later in that game, another brawl occurred when, after a warning from the umpires, Keith Shephard of the Rockies hit Cory Snyder with a pitch. Shephard was suspended for seven games.

Basketball

Croatian superstar Toni Kukoc, considered by many to be the top player in Europe, will miss the European Basketball Championship because of a foot injury.

Kukoc's injury was a further blow to Croatia's hopes of winning the European title. Its captain, Drazen Petrovic, who played for the NBA's New Jersey Nets, was killed in a car accident in Germany two weeks ago. Kukoc, a forward with Benetton of the Italian League, has been in talks with the Chicago Bulls, who hold his NBA rights.

* Boston Celtics president Red Auerbach, 75, was progressing satisfactorily at Massachusetts General Hospital, three days after undergoing heart bypass surgery.

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