Phil Garner has been fired after nearly eight years as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, and General Manager Sal Bando will resign, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today.

Hitting coach Jim Lefebvre, the only member of Garner's staff with managing experience, is expected to be named interim manager, the newspaper reported, citing an unidentified source. Lefebvre managed the Mariners and the Cubs from 1989 to '93. The Brewers, who are off today, start a road trip Friday at Arizona.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, whose family controls the team, said he had no knowledge of any departures and referred questions to his daughter Wendy Selig-Prieb, who succeeded him as club president.

Garner told WTMJ-TV and WITI-TV that he hadn't heard anything about being fired.

"I don't know a thing," he said. "I just called my wife. There's nothing on our messages at home."

WALKER WILL PLAY ON: He scored about as well as expected on his latest MRI exam, which means Rockies OF Larry Walker can wait until the end of the season for surgery on his knee.

Walker's left knee has been bothering him since July 25, when the Rockies opened a four-game series against Houston.

He came out of Sunday's game after the third inning. He wasn't in the lineup for the second consecutive game Tuesday and he didn't play yesterday.

MANAGERS CHARGED: Former major league star Jack Clark was charged with assaulting a police officer after a bench-clearing brawl during a minor league game outside St. Louis that resulted in 14 suspensions. Clark, manager of the River City Rascals of the Class A Frontier League, turned himself in to O'Fallon, Mo., police yesterday.

Malcolm Fichman, manager of the Johnstown (Pa.) Johnnies, was arrested after Tuesday night's brawl for refusing to leave the field. Both managers were released after posting $300 bond.

KENT RECOVERING: Giants 2B Jeff Kent had a soft cast removed from his left leg and foot on Tuesday and could return from the disabled list in a week.