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Connetquot's Ambrosini comfortable after surgery

Connetquot baseball coach Bob Ambrosini was resting comfortably at Long Island Jewish Medical Center last night after undergoing a three-hour surgery to remove a mass in his kidney.

"The surgery went very well and the doctor was able to save the kidney," said Ambrosini's wife of 37 years, Catherine. "We received the best possible news and everyone is relieved. The mass was removed without complication and he will not need chemotherapy or radiation treatment. It was a laparoscopic surgery and he should be released from the hospital as early as tomorrow."

The surgery was performed by Dr. Louis Raphael Kavoussi, the chief urologist at L.I.J.

Ambrosini, 58, who won his 500th game earlier this season, told his team two weeks ago that surgery was imminent and that his son Anthony, the Connetquot assistant coach, would take over the head coaching duties. Ambrosini is expected to the miss Saturday's first-round playoff game, but his wife says he would like to be with the team for the next round.

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