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Vin Scully expected to be released from hospital Friday [Updated]

March 19, 2010 | 10:29 am

Longtime Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully was expected to be released from the hospital Friday and return to broadcasting Dodgers games this weekend after a fall at his Hidden Hills home sent him to a hospital as a precautionary step, a Dodgers spokesman said.

[Updated 11:36 a.m.: Scully was released from the hospital about 11 a.m. Friday, the Dodgers said. He issued a statement: “Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers, and I apologize for any concern that I caused. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to Sunday’s game, my first of the spring.”]

Scully, 82, was taken to the hospital for overnight observation Thursday night after he rose from bed too quickly, fell and bumped his head, Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said. There was no immediate update on Scully's condition Friday morning but more information was expected later in the day, Rawitch said.

However, Rawitch said he spoke to Scully and that the legendary broadcaster "fully expects" to be at the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch spring-training complex this weekend for the telecast of the team's Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Scully is entering his 61st season as the Dodgers’ broadcaster. He is scheduled to broadcast all of the Dodgers’ home games, as well as their road games against National League West and American League West opponents.

He was inducted into the broadcaster's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1982.

-- Jim Peltz in Phoenix