Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis exited last
night’s contest against the Milwaukee Brewers after he suffered a strained
right quad. He’ll undergo further testing to determine the extent of the injury,
but manager Don Mattingly told reporters – including Austin Laymance of MLB.com
– that he believes the strain could sideline Ellis for an extended stretch.
"He kind of seemed to be optimistic, but we'll just
have to see," manager Don Mattingly said after the Dodgers beat the
Brewers, 7-5. "Usually guys don't come out of the game like that and it
not be something. I want to be optimistic, but usually you see a guy come out
and kind of pull up like that, it's usually something that's not going to be a
day or two."
Ellis sustained the injury during the fifth inning of last
night’s victory over the Brewers. After hitting a ground ball, he grabbed his
right leg as he ran to first base. He eventually limped off the field and went
to the Dodgers’ clubhouse for evaluation.
Ellis had gotten off to a great start for the Dodgers, as
the veteran infielder has hit .342 with two home runs and 11 RBI. Prior to
exiting last night’s contest, he extended his hit-streak to six games with a
Nick Punto replaced Ellis, but Jerry Hairston Jr. and Skip
Schumaker could also see time at second base if an extended absence is
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