Surgery for Dodgers infielder Ellis
LOS ANGELES (AP)
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed second baseman Mark Ellis on the 15-day disabled list after a left knee injury — making him the fifth position player and fourth regular that manager Don Mattingly has lost in a span of 11 days.
Ellis underwent emergency surgery to relieve pressure on the leg, and will remain hospitalized until the middle of next week. He is expected to be out for at least six weeks.
''He was sent to the hospital, and testing showed elevated pressure in several compartments of the lower leg,'' Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone told reporters following the Dodgers' 6-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. ''There was trauma to the area where everything kind of swells up, so you have to open up the fascia and basically release that pressure. They will keep an eye on it and most likely close that wound up on Tuesday.''
Ellis, 34, was injured during the seventh inning of Friday night's 6-5 Dodgers victory when he took a short toss from shortstop Dee Gordon on a fielder's choice grounder by Shane Robinson and was upended by Tyler Greene on a takeout slide. The Dodgers already have center fielder Matt Kemp, third baseman Juan Uribe, left fielder Juan Rivera and utility infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. on the DL.
Ellis is batting .273 with two home runs and nine RBI in 37 games with the Dodgers, who signed him as a free agent in November to a two-year, $8.75 million contract.
Infielder Ivan DeJesus was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill Ellis' roster spot.