LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 18: Mark Ellis #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets help from Dee Gordon #9 after a collision at second base with Tyler Greene #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on May 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers' Mark Ellis Has Leg Surgery, Out At Least 6 Weeks

Ellis hurt his left leg Friday night on a slide at second base by Tyler Greene of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Dodgers' Mark Ellis Was Within 6-7 Hours Of Nearly Losing Leg

Mark Ellis had to have urgent leg surgery on Saturday, one day after getting upended on a slide by Tyler Greene of the St. Louis Cardinals on a play at second base. But for Ellis, who will miss at least six weeks for the Los Angeles Dodgers, things could have been much worse.

"That's serious stuff. I didn't realize how bad that was. As [team physician De. Neal ElAttrache] said last night, if that thing goes another six or seven hours we have a chance of losing the leg," said manager Don Mattingly on Sunday. "It just amazes me to go from that play to something that could have been that serious if you don't pick it up."

Ellis was placed on the disabled list on Saturday, and will be hospitalized until Tuesday as the wound from the surgery heals. The Dodgers recalled infielder Ivan De Jesus from Triple A Albuquerque to replace Ellis on the roster, and now have no infielders remaining on their 40-man roster that aren't on the active roster or the disabled list.

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Mark Ellis Injury: Dodgers Second Baseman Has Leg Surgery, Out At Least 6 Weeks

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis had to have urgent leg surgery on Saturday, stemming from an injury he suffered Friday night while getting slid into by Tyler Greene of the St. Louis Cardinals. Ellis, who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday, is expected to miss six weeks.

The procedure, called a fasciotomy, is designed to relieve pressure which in Ellis's case was his lower left leg. Ellis was hit in the side of the leg on Friday, and pressure built up in his leg overnight. He was sent to the hospital on Saturday for the procedure.

"You have several compartments in the lower leg," Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone explained after the game on Saturday. "When you have trauma to that area, blood trauma, fluids, tissue, and everything swells up. You have to open up that fascia to release that pressure."

Ellis will remain hospitalized until at least Tuesday. For now, the Dodgers are saying he will be out at least six weeks, though it could be even longer depending on other issues.

"As we go, we're going to do more exams on his knee," Falsone said. "What we had to do today was urgent so we're just focused on the lower leg right now."

Ellis is one of four Dodgers starters on the disabled list, along with Matt Kemp, Juan Uribe, and Juan Rivera.

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Dodgers' Mark Ellis On DL With Left Leg Injury

The Los Angeles Dodgers may have the best record in baseball, at 26-13, but they continue to suffer losses of the medical kind. Second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left leg injury, suffered while on the receiving end of a takeout slide by Tyler Greene of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Manager Don Mattingly said the club was still analyzing the MRI results for Ellis, and that the exam showed swelling in multiple places in his leg. "We're still getting information back, but we have enough to know we're going to DL him," Mattingly said.

Ellis was off to a very good start for the Dodgers, hitting .273/.373/.364 with 27 runs scored in 37 games. With Ellis out, the Dodgers will likely use a combination of Adam Kennedy, Elian Herrera, Justin Sellers, and Ivan De Jesus, who was recalled from Triple A Albuquerque on Saturday.

"I think he's a great player. The more you see him play, the better he is," Mattingly said. "He's a tough guy to replace."

Ellis is the fourth Dodgers starter currently on the disabled list, along with Matt Kemp, Juan Uribe, and Juan Rivera. Super sub Jerry Hairston Jr., who has started 15 games for the Dodgers, is also on the disabled list with a left hamstring injury, but is expected to return Wednesday when the Dodgers are in Phoenix to battle the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hairston will likely take part in two minor league games Monday and Tuesday on a rehab assignment.

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