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3-year-old girl to undergo surgery after her skull is fractured by line drive at Dodger Stadium

June 8, 2010 |  9:35 am

A 3-year-old girl was to undergo surgery Tuesday for a fractured skull after being struck with a baseball that was hit into the stands during batting practice at Dodger Stadium.

Russell Martin was at the plate about 5:30 p.m. Monday when he hit a line drive into the stands near third base, hitting the girl in the head and knocking her unconscious, said Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck.

A teary-eyed and visibly shaken Martin shook his head in disbelief and looked up into the stands as the girl's father carried her unresponsive body up the stairs to a first aid station.

A Fire Department vehicle took the girl to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where she was scheduled to be operated on Tuesday morning.

Martin has offered to pay all the girl's medical expenses, Jareck said.

"As soon as it hit, I heard the sound, I knew it wasn't a good sound. And then I saw him grab her, it didn't look like she was moving, so that was scary," Martin told MLB.com. "I mean, I've hit somebody before, but not where they had to be rushed to be the hospital."

-- Tony Barboza and Dylan Hernandez at Dodger Stadium

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