LOS ANGELES -- The 3-year-old girl who suffered a fractured skull when hit in the head by a Russell Martin line drive in batting practice Monday underwent surgery Tuesday and a full recovery is expected, doctors said."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." Martin was taking batting practice when he pulled a wicked line drive into the baseline field box seats just past third base. The girl was picked up and cradled by her father, who rushed her to first aid. She then was taken to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where the surgery was performed. "I talked to the dad earlier today," said Martin. "It definitely was an accident and there really was nothing else you could do. I'm glad to hear she had surgery and she's doing better and long-term she'll be OK. I'm sure she's still a little shaken up. It's definitely tough for the whole family, but at least I'm glad she'll be OK. "When it happened, I wasn't sure how serious it was," he said. "Then I saw she was hit in the head and didn't know if she lost consciousness. A fractured skull is pretty bad, but as long as she has a good recovery. My prayers were with her." Martin said he intends to visit the girl "when the time is right." He said when he hit the ball, it looked like it was headed for an unoccupied section of seats, "but it had a lot of topspin, and it just sunk where the girl had her head poking out."
Padilla inches closer to return
LOS ANGELES -- Injured Dodgers Opening Day starter Vicente Padilla allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings of his second start in a Minor League rehabilitation assignment Tuesday night.Padilla allowed three hits, struck out four with one walk for Class A Inland Empire at Lake Elsinore and was removed when he hit a pitch limit around 60. Padilla has been on the disabled list since April 23 with an inflamed radial nerve in his pitching arm. He is likely to make at least one more rehab start, and possibly two, before being activated. If it's only one more rehab start, he could return to the Dodgers' rotation by June 18, the opener of an Interleague series in Boston against the Red Sox. Meanwhile, manager Joe Torre said Carlos Monasterios is likely to return to the bullpen when Padilla rejoins the rotation. Monasterios is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA as a starter.
Dodgers activate Sherrill from disabled list
LOS ANGELES -- Right-hander Jon Link's one-day call-up ended Tuesday when the Dodgers optioned him back to Triple-A Albuquerque and activated left-hander George Sherrill off the disabled list.
Sherrill was disabled May 25 with back stiffness and made a four-appearance Minor League rehab assignment during his absence.
Link was recalled for the third time Monday, when Charlie Haeger was placed on the disabled list, and pitched two scoreless innings.
Former Dodger Stephenson passes away
LOS ANGELES -- Jerry Stephenson, a former Dodgers player who went on to scout for the Dodgers and Red Sox for 39 years, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 66.
For the past year, Stephenson had been a consultant for Boston, where he worked the previous 14 seasons, primarily as a Major League scout. He held a similar job with the Dodgers for 25 years before that.
Stephenson was part of three generations of scouts. His father, Joe, was a former Major League catcher and scout, and his son, Brian, is a scout for the Dodgers. Jerry Stephenson pitched for the Dodgers, Red Sox and Seattle Pilots.
A graduate of Anaheim High School, he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame last year.
Stephenson is survived by his wife of 43 years, Yvonne; his son, Brian; his daughter, Shannon Smaldino; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. PT at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, 9665 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 801, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.