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03/03/12 5:26 PM EST

Gordon takes bad hop off mouth, needs stitches


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon took a bad hop off the mouth during batting practice Saturday and required several stitches to close a gash on his lip.

For the first time this year, the club took batting practice at the Camelback Ranch-Glendale stadium as part of the first FanFest.

With the first group hitting, Gordon was struck in the face while taking grounders at his shortstop position. He walked off the field to the trainer's room, then left to have his lip stitched up. Team trainer Sue Falsone said Gordon is expected to be back in action Sunday with no limitations.

"He ended up with a couple of stitches," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed after the BP session. "We'll see how he is tomorrow, whether he can go or not. It's Arizona. The ground is pretty hard. These things happen."

Gordon, 23, is entering his first season as the starting shortstop and leadoff hitter.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.