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Toddler recovering after being struck by baseball at Dodger Stadium [Updated]

June 8, 2010 |  4:59 pm

A 3-year-old girl who underwent surgery Tuesday for a fractured skull after being struck by a baseball hit into the stands during batting practice at Dodger Stadium is expected to recover.

"The surgery went well and we anticipate a full recovery," said Dr. J. Gordon McComb, head of the Division of Neurosurgery for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. "We expect she'll be able to go home by the end of the week."

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. She was then taken to the hospital.

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 the hospital."

[Updated at 6:43 p.m.: The hospital, with the parent's permission, identified the girl as Janelle Briseno.]

-- Tony Barboza and Dylan Hernandez at Dodger Stadium