Mark Ellis drops by to say hello

LOS ANGELES -- Mark Ellis stopped by the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse on Sunday morning, his first appearance there since undergoing emergency surgery to relieve severe swelling in his left leg May 19. He said he may undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus in the knee now that the swelling in the lower leg has healed.

"The knee is something we have to address,'' Ellis said. "We will talk more about it in the next couple of days. They say it's nothing worse than a meniscus, so it wouldn't add more than a couple of weeks onto what I'm already going to miss.''

Ellis, the Dodgers' second baseman, was hurt when he was taken out on a doubleplay pivot by what by all accounts was a clean slide by St. Louis Cardinals' Tyler Greene on May 18. Ellis said he initially thought he had broken his leg when he landed hard on it after Greene flipped him in midair.

Ellis played the rest of that inning and batting in the bottom half before taking the rest of the game off and undergoing X-rays, which were negative. It was later that night and the following morning when he figured out something was definitely wrong. Ellis now says doctors never told him the injury was as serious as "some of the things I read,'' but the media was told the day after the surgery that Ellis might have been in danger of losing the leg if he hadn't undergone the surgery as soon as he did.

Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said last week Ellis likely will miss about eight weeks, so a possible arthroscopic procedure apparently would push that to about 10 weeks.

Here is the Dodgers' lineup for Sunday's series finale with the Houston Astros:

Tony Gwynn, CF

Elian Herrera, 2B

Jerry Hairston, 3B

Andre Ethier, RF

Scott Van Slyke, 1B

Jerry Sands, LF

Matt Treanor, C

Dee Gordon, SS

Chris Capuano, LH