Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/21/12

On Friday, Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis was taken out on a slide by the St. Louis Cardinals' Tyler Greene while Ellis attempted to turn a double play. The slide looked clean and Ellis was able to walk away from it to the point he was walking into the clubhouse as if everything was normal the next day.

But everything was not normal. He complained to the trainer that it was still bothering him and the trainer and her staff decided Ellis needed to go to the hospital. At the hospital, Ellis had emergency surgery that reportedly saved his leg:

Mattingly said LAD doctor told him that if they had waited another 4-5 hours to make cut to relieve pressure, Ellis might have lost his leg.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 20, 2012

Rather than being day-to-day with a leg contusion, Ellis ALMOST LOST HIS LEG and has an incision on his leg that is several inches long (and won't be closed until Tuesday) to serve as a reminder of how close he was. Ellis was placed on the DL today and will miss at least six weeks.

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