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INJURY UNCERTAINTY CONTINUES FOR HERD'S BURDICK AND LITTLE KRAMER, YORK TO START VS. BRAVES IN DOUBLE-HEADER

Uncertainty continues to shroud the Buffalo Bisons' M*A*S*H unit.

While second baseman Kevin Burdick awaits a verdict about possible facial surgery, new questions have surfaced about the injury to utility man Scott Little.

Originally believed to have suffered a pinched nerve in his neck during a weightlifting session, Little has seen a drop in pain but is still experiencing swelling.

"We don't know what's going on because sometimes he feels good and sometimes he doesn't," Herd trainer Carlos Ledezma said before Saturday night's game with Richmond at Pilot Field was rained out.

"There may be some infection in the nerve, but we'll just have to wait and see."

Currently on the seven-day disabled list, Little has been out of action since May 28.

Burdick, who was struck in the face by a Wes Chamberlain liner while sitting in the dugout June 6, will see a doctor Monday to determine if surgery is immediately necessary on his broken septum.

At first, the mishap was expected to keep Burdick sidelined about 10 days. But Ledezma said internal nose bleeding Burdick suffered four days after the original injury may indicate the presence of a ruptured artery.

Burdick, second in the American Association with a .310 batting average, will see an ear, nose and throat specialist Monday.

He would be out 4-6 weeks if surgery was performed early next week.

In his absence, Armando Moreno has compiled a .333 average, hitting safely in 14 of 15 games.

Ledezma said outfielders Jeff Cook and Chamberlain are both close to returning to action. Cook was hospitalized in Oklahoma City after complaining of chest pains.

Tests have since showed an irregular heartbeat and some muscle spasms in the chest, but no serious problems arose and Cook has been given clearance to play.

Ledezma said Chamberlain, sidelined by a pulled rib cage muscle, is at 85 percent of full strength and should be ready for action in a couple of days.

Catcher Danny Sheaffer is still 3-4 weeks away from returning from a broken collarbone suffered June 5.
Saturday's rainout will be made up as part of a double-header today, beginning at 12:05. Ceremonies inducting three players into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and revealing the members of the Bisons' "Team of the Decade" will be held between games.

Saturday's scheduled starters, Buffalo's Randy Kramer (1-0, 3.38) and Richmond's Rusty Richards (6-4, 3.24), will work in today's opening game. In the nightcap, Buffalo's Mike York (4-3, 4.64) meets Richmond's Dale Polley (1-1, 3.17). York set a franchise American Association record with 12 strikeouts in his last outing, a 3-2 win Monday over Nashville.
The Bisons announced several roster changes for the Old Timers game. American League pitchers Whitey Ford and Mickey Lolich and National League pitcher Jim Bunning will not participate due to other commitments. American League infielder Fred Patek also will not attend.

Additions to the American League roster are catcher Phil Roof and infielder Jim Fregosi. Added to the National League roster is pitcher Larry Christenson.

Metropolitan Opera and New York Yankees anthem singer Robert Merrill will sing the national anthem prior to the 8:10 contest. About 4,000 tickets remain.
After today's twin bill, the Herd hits the road for three games in Pawtucket.

The Rochester Red Wings, off to a big lead in the International League's Eastern Division, then visit Pilot for night games Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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