A 3-year-old girl whose skull was fractured by a line drive during batting practice at Dodger Stadium underwent surgery Tuesday.
In a statement, officials from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles said they expect Janelle Briseno will be well enough for release by the end of the week.
“The surgery went well and we anticipate a full recovery,” said Dr. J. Gordon McComb, the hospital’s head of neurosurgery.
The accident occurred Monday when Dodgers catcher Russell Martin sent a line drive into the stands near third base, hitting Janelle and knocking her unconscious, said Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck. Janelle was sitting with her father, who rushed her to a first-aid station. The fire department transported her to the hospital.
Jareck said batting practice continued, but Martin was upset by the incident and has offered to pay for her medical expenses.
Martin said he spoke with Janelle’s father on Tuesday.
“I’m just glad to hear that she had surgery earlier today and she’s doing better, and long-term she’s going to be OK,” he said before the game against St. Louis. “I’m sure she’s still a little bit shaken up. It’s definitely tough for the whole family, but at least the good news is that she’s going to be OK.”
Martin said he’d like to visit Janelle when the time is right.
“My prayers were with her yesterday, and she’s OK today, so that’s a good thing,” he said.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has played only nine games this season because of four broken ribs, will be checked by Dr. Lewis Yocum today in Los Angeles at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic. Ellsbury was out for more than a month after an April 11 collision with teammate Adrian Beltre. He returned for a week, then went back on the DL. … Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who has been on the disabled list since mid-April, will undergo more tests on his still-ailing lower back, a setback that will further delay his effort to return. … The Cleveland Indians designated veteran infielder Mark Grudzielanek for assignment, giving them 10 days to make a move with him. … The Minnesota Twins put second baseman Orlando Hudson on the 15-day disabled list to make room for right fielder Michael Cuddyer. … Pitcher Angel Rincon of the New York Yankees’ team in the Dominican Summer League was suspended 50 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. … Giants outfielder Mark DeRosa, sidelined since May 9 by an inflamed nerve in his left wrist, has returned to San Francisco from a minor league rehab assignment to get the wrist examined again. … The Florida Marlins have designated Mike Lamb for assignment to make room for highly touted slugger Mike Stanton, who responded by getting three hits and scoring two runs in his debut against Philadelphia on Tuesday.