Second baseman Kevin Burdick could be facing facial surgery that would sideline him four to six weeks.
Burdick has not played since he was struck between the eyes June 6 by a foul liner off the bat of teammate Wes Chamberlain. Burdick sustained a broken septum,
but doctors estimated, if fitted with a protective shield, he could return within 10 days. Surgery then would be performed after the season.
However, Burdick was hospitalized again after bleeding within the nose persisted. Bisons trainer Carlos Ledezma said Burdick will undergo further examination in three days to determine if surgery is an immediate necessity.
Details also are sketchy on Scott Little and Jeff Cook.
Cook was hospitalized in Oklahoma City after doctors detected an irregular heartbeat. Cook returned to Buffalo, then quickly left for his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., after his father took ill.
Cook has rejoined the club, but said he's scheduled for further diagnostic tests.
Little remains out with a pinched nerve sustained during a weightlifting session. Ledezma said Little showed progress, digressed and will be out at least another four days.
Meanwhile, Chamberlain will miss four or five days after straining a muscle on his left side while swinging during batting practice.
The Bisons expect to receive a pitcher over the weekend to fill the roster spot of reliever Mark Ross, who was recalled by Pittsburgh Wednesday after starter Bob Walk was disabled with a groin injury.
Nashville manager Pete Mackanin was more than a tad relieved to salvage Wednesday's finale of the three-game series with the Bisons. The victory moved the Sounds within 2 1/2 games of the Herd.
"That's a lot better than 4 1/2 ," Mackanin said. "When you're going against Dorn Taylor, you don't have a lot of confidence."
Wednesday's loss was Taylor's first in five career decisions against the Sounds.
Nashville's Terry Lee almost became the first player to homer between the center field light standards. Lee's ninth-inning shot off Jeff Neely landed five feet to the left of the left standard.
The Bisons are off today and will begin a three-game series with visiting Richmond at 7:05 p.m. Friday.