Girl injured by Martin line drive in BP

Girl injured by Martin line drive in BP

LOS ANGELES -- A Russell Martin line drive during batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Monday hit a 3-year-old girl in the head and fractured her skull, a Dodgers spokesman said.

The girl was taken to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles by a fire department vehicle and is scheduled to be operated on Tuesday morning, the spokesman said. The injury is not believed to be life-threatening.

The girl was struck around 5:30 p.m. PT down the left-field line. Martin was visibly concerned, standing outside the cage and angling his head toward the spot of the girl in the stands. The girl was carried by a man with a woman trailing behind them as they left the lower-level seating area.

"Accidents happen every day, it's just ... " Martin 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. It's bad news, but it's good news at the same time. It could've been worse.

"I mean, I've hit somebody before, but not where they had to be rushed to be the hospital."

The lone death resulting from a batted ball in Major League history occurred in 1970, when a 14-year-old boy died after being struck in the head by a foul ball hit by then-Dodgers outfielder and current coach Manny Mota at Dodger Stadium.