MLB notes: Ellis dodges a bullet

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, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis came close to losing his leg after being injured in a game Friday night.

Ellis, injured after being taken out at second base while turning a double play against the St. Louis Cardinals, had emergency surgery Saturday to relieve pressure caused by a buildup of blood and fluids in his leg. If doctors had waited longer before doing the fasciotomy, the ramifications could have been worse than not playing for six weeks.

"That was scary enough, that's serious enough," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I didn't realize how bad that was. (Team physician Neal ElAttrache) said last night that if that thing goes another six or seven hours, he has a chance to lose a leg."

The true extent of Ellis's injury isn't know since his leg was too swollen for an MRI but he will be released from the hospital on Tuesday.

BERKMAN BUMMED

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with an injured right knee.

The Cardinals said Monday that Berkman, who was put on the 15-day DL, will have arthroscopic surgery on his knee later this week but GM John Mozeliak added that the 36-year-old's ligament wasn't damaged.

Berkman was hurt for the second time this season -- he's played just 13 games, hitting .333 with one homer and four RBIs -- while stretching for a throw on Saturday. He'll be replaced at first by Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter.

Before the result of an MRI was known, Berkman said he might retire if the injury was severe enough.

BOSOX BLEEDING

Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross, who's been filling in for injured Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury, is expected to join them on the disabled list.

Ross is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his left foot, adding another outfielder to the lengthy list of injured BoSox. Six Boston outfielders, including Crawford and Ellsbury, are already on the DL.

The injury, which is similar to the one that sidelined Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia for 85 games in 2010, happened when Ross fouled a ball off his foot Friday.

The Red Sox will likely put Ross on the disabled list Tuesday and activate third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who has been out with a strained back.

LUEBKE MEETING TOMMY

Up-and-coming San Diego Padres pitcher Cory Luebke will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbowWednesday.

Luebke, who has been out since April 27 with an elbow injury, was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL Monday after deciding to have the reconstructive surgery done. He's expected to be out for a full year.

"We looked at rehab choices, but there was no chance of me making a start until mid-August," Luebke said on a conference call. "After talking to some of the doctors and people who have been through it, we knew the ligament wasn't going to heal itself.

"It was going to be a battle to pitch through, and that was something I didn't want to go through."

Luebke signed a contract extension in March that guarantees him $12 million through the 2015 season. The deal, which includes two club options, could be worth $27 million.

BRIEFLY

Infielder Drew Sutton was traded for the second time in two days. The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Sutton for a player to be named later from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who got him in a deal with Atlanta on Sunday ... The Texas Rangers put starting pitcher Neftali Feliz on the DL with an elbow injury. The Rangers are still waiting for results of an MRI but decided the safest thing was put Feliz on the DL ... A New York Yankees jersey worn by Babe Ruth in 1920 sold for $4.4 million at an auction house. It's the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold, surpassing James Naismith's founding rules of basketball that sold for $4,338,500 in 2010 ... Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka's comeback from Tommy John surgery hit another bump after he experienced pain in his trapezius muscle during a minor-league rehab assignment. Matsuzaka pitched in five minor-league games, giving up 13 earned runs over 25 1/3 innings ... Second baseman Orlando Hudson is expected to sign with the Chicago White Sox after being released by the San Diego Padres. With White Sox third baseman Brent Morel on his way to the DL with a back injury, Hudson will slide over to the hot corner.

 


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