Mark Ellis has been a big contributor to the team's hot start, providing stellar defense at second base and getting on base at the top of the order, with a .373 on-base percentage and 27 runs scored in 37 games through Sunday's 6-5 win over St. Louis. But Ellis will be out for at least six weeks after getting placed on the disabled list on Saturday.
Ellis was hit in the side of his left leg on Friday night when Tyler Greene of the Cardinals slid into him at second base. Ellis was removed from the game and was sore afterward, but postgame x-rays showed no broken bones.
When he reported to the ballpark on Saturday, he felt pressure in his lower left leg and trainer Sue Falsone quickly discovered something was wrong with Ellis.
"Sue had a funny look on her face and I said, 'I don't like that look on your face,' and Mark didn't either," said manager Don Mattingly. "You could see it was serious."
Ellis was rushed to the hospital, where he had surgery on his leg, a fasciotomy, to reli...