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Phillies Coach Has Tumor Removed (Associated Press)Phillies third-base coach John Vukovich underwent surgery Tuesday to remove part of a benign tumor from his head. - May 08 4:04 PM ET


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Tuesday May 8 4:04 PM ET
"Phillies Coach Has Tumor Removed" Phillies Coach Has Tumor Removed

By BILL MARSHALL, Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Phillies third-base coach John Vukovich underwent surgery Tuesday to remove part of a benign tumor from his head.

Doctors called the operation a success and said the 53-year-old coach could be back at work in two or three weeks.

"He's cancer free," said Dr. David Andrews, a neurologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital who performed the 90-minute operation.

Andrews anticipates that the remaining part of the tumor will have "no impact" on Vukovich's ability to function.

Vukovich has been bothered by vision problems for two years and by constant headaches since spring training. He had an MRI exam Sunday and was admitted to the hospital Monday.

Doctors removed a small portion of a tumor more than a golf ball in size. The rest of the tumor could not be removed because it is lodged in brain tissue. If left untreated, the tumor could have caused cognitive impairment, Andrews said.

Vukovich may have to take medication or undergo radiation to control the growth of the tumor, which invaded two lobes of his brain near the rear of the skull.

Vukovich was to stay in the intensive care unit overnight. Doctors plan to monitor his progress every three months.

Marc Bombard, the manager of the team's Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, replaced Vukovich for the Phillies' series at Houston that began Monday night.

Vukovich was among the finalists when the Phillies hired Bowa in November to replace Terry Francona.

He is in his fifth season as the Phillies' third-base coach. He has been a coach for the team since the 1988 season. He was a coach for the Chicago Cubs from 1982 to 1987.

Vukovich played parts of 10 seasons in the majors with the Phillies, Brewers and Reds.

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