Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon received stitches in his lip after being hit by a ground ball during a workout on Saturday. Team officials are hoping he can return to the field by Sunday and not miss any additional time.
Gordon, who is expected to be the team's everyday shortstop and leadoff hitter this season, was attempting to field a practice grounder hit by first-base coach Davey Lopes when it took a bad hop on the dirt and hit him in the mouth.
"It's Arizona,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ``That is why there are so many runs scored down here. The fields get hard. That is just part of it.''
It happened in the main stadium at Camelback Ranch, where the Dodgers were working out for the first time this spring as part of the facility's first annual fan-fest event. The Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, who share the complex, will play the first Cactus League game of the spring there on Monday.
Gordon, who will turn 24 in April, has long been considered the organization's shortstop of the future. He inherited the everyday job when Rafael Furcal was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals at last year's trading deadline and wound up hitting .304 and stealing 24 bases as a rookie, including .345 with 15 steals in his second call-up after Furcal was traded.