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MLB notes: Dickerson says he's lucky after beaning

New York Yankees outfielder Chris Dickerson walks in the dugout between innings in their spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, March 26, 2011.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Yankees outfielder Chris Dickerson walks in the dugout between innings in their spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, March 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Yankees outfielder and former Red Chris Dickerson considers himself "extremely fortunate" despite having a headache and a concussion after being struck in the head by a baseball on Wednesday night.

Dickerson was hit in the helmet by a fastball thrown by Baltimore's Mike Gonzalez in the 15th inning of New York's 4-1 victory.

After a sleepless night, Dickerson joined his teammates Thursday. He wasn't in the lineup but hoped to play Friday night against the Mets.

"It could have been worse," Dickerson said. "I was up all night. I went to get breakfast and tried to walk around and came back and had a terrible headache. Other than that, I feel fine."

He said a CT scan showed a concussion.

Dickerson did not believe that Gonzalez was trying to hit him. "Absolutely not," Dickerson said. "He threw two great pitches to start off the at-bat. Great curves. If you're going to be (angry) and retaliate, you're going to do it on the first pitch."

More doings with Dodgers

Ex-Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt on Thursday asked a judge to order the sale of the team, saying her ex-husband has badly mismanaged the franchise since he fired her nearly two years ago and brought one of baseball's most storied franchises to the "brink of financial ruin."

The request comes less than a month after Commissioner Bud Selig appointed former Rangers president Tom Schieffer to oversee the Dodgers after questions arose about the team's finances.

Andre Ethier was photographed making obscene gestures earlier this week, and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly has talked with the star outfielder about it.

During batting practice before a game against the Brewers, Ethier was snapped flipping his middle fingers at a photographer. He said he found the photographer distracting. "My whole thing was, our group had 10 minutes for batting practice," Ethier said. "After five minutes, I asked the person to please leave the area. He didn't do it. I asked him again. He didn't acknowledge; he didn't do it. I'm sorry now that it happened."

Indians gear up for Reds series

The Indians recalled infielder Luis Valbuena from Triple-A Columbus and designated RHP Justin Germano for assignment Thursday.

Valbuena batted .191 with two homers and 24 RBI in 91 games with the Indians last season but had spent all of 2011 in the minors.

The AL Central leaders have already placed center fielder Grady Sizemore on the disabled list with a bruised right knee, and DH Travis Hafner has missed two straight games with a sore right side and could have an MRI on Friday.

Outfielder Travis Buck was a scratch with a sore toe Thursday, and Orlando Cabrera was not with the team because he was in South Carolina where he was becoming a U.S. citizen.

Blanton a late scratch

Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton, a former Kentucky star, was scratched minutes from his start against Colorado on Thursday because of soreness in his right elbow. Blanton missed two starts with an elbow injury earlier this season.

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