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Astros’ Manager Needs Brain Surgery

June 14, 1999

HOUSTON (AP) _ Houston Astros manager Larry Dierker must undergo brain surgery to remove a blood vessel mass that caused his seizure during a game Sunday at the Astrodome.

Dierker will have the surgery on Wednesday at Methodist Hospital, Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker said today.

Dierker was taken there after he collapsed and shook violently during the eighth inning of Sundays game against the San Diego Padres. Tests concluded there was no tumor, just the blood vessel mass, Hunsicker said.

``I talked with Larry this morning, and he was coherent and very positive and encouraged,″ Hunsicker said. ``He was kind of joking around, but he said the last couple of days he had severe headaches and that was unusual for him.″

Dierker told Hunsicker he didn’t remember anything after the second inning of Sunday’s game. Dierker didn’t even recall Derek Bell’s sixth-inning grand slam, which put the Astros ahead 4-1.

``Larry said he was sorry he missed the grand slam,″ Hunsicker said.

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