Bob Graziano was fired as president and chief executive officer of the Dodgers, who fell out of contention in June and never approached .500 again.

"While we feel a change is necessary at this time, I have discussed with Bob our interest in creating another position for him at Fox Sports Enterprises," Rick Welts, president of Fox Sports Enterprises, said in making the announcement yesterday.

SURGERIES: The Rockies' Larry Walker will undergo surgery Thursday on his right knee, sidelining the outfielder for the team's final five games. . . . Cubs 3B Gary Gaetti returned to his home outside New Orleans to undergo surgery on his left knee and probably won't rejoin the team for its final six games of the season. . . . Giants OF Barry Bonds, who had elbow surgery in April, said he will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday. Bonds will play through the team's final home series with the Dodgers on Thursday, then shut down for the season.

McGEE RETIRING?: Cardinals OF Willie McGee indicated that he might retire at the end of the season. "At this point, I don't honestly see myself playing any more," McGee said.

McGee, 40, was a World Series hero as a rookie in 1982. He was the NL MVP in 1985, when he batted .353, and with five games to go this season he had a career .295 batting average. He has won two NL batting championships.

MILLER HURT: Diamondbacks C Damian Miller has a hairline fracture in his right wrist and has a 50-50 chance of missing the first round of the playoffs.