Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/5/12

Just when it looked like the Dodgers were getting closer to getting their team back at full strength on Wednesday with the return of second baseman Mark Ellis, they may have lost shortstop Dee Gordon to injury.

Gordon dislocated his right thumb while stealing third base in the eighth inning against the Reds on Wednesday, as his thumb got caught under the bag, and was removed from the game immediately. Postgame X-rays showed nothing broken, but Gordon will have an MRI exam on his thumb to determine the extent of his injury.

Ellis missed 43 games after having leg surgery on May 19, a fasciotomy procedure to relieve pressure in his left leg. He returned after playing in four minor league rehab games with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

"The first day (of the rehab assignment) I didn't feel great, but then every day got a little bit better," Ellis said. "Yesterday I felt I was ready to go."

Ellis hit .273 with 27 runs scored in 37 games before getting hurt, and will provide stability and consistency to the Dodgers, who used four different players at second base when Ellis was out. He pinch ran for Gordon in the eighth inning, and played one inning at second base.

"I feel good, and ready to go out and compete," Ellis said. "The thing I thought about most was just how am I going to get back? That was my main concern during the rehab process."

Earlier Wednesday the Dodgers placed outfielder Andre Ethier on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, but it was more of a procedural move as he will be ready to return along with outfielder Matt Kemp on July 13 for the Dodgers' first game after the All-Star break.

The question is, will Gordon be ready to return with them?

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