LOS ANGELES -- Just days from getting their starting shortstop back, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost their starting second baseman Friday night.
Veteran Mark Ellis pulled up with a strained right quadriceps while trying to leg out a groundball to third base in the fifth inning of the Dodgers' 7-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Ellis is scheduled for an MRI exam Saturday, but manager Don Mattingly said it appears to be an injury that will land Ellis on the 15-day disabled list.
"I want to be optimistic, but usually you see a guy come out and pull up like that, it's usually something that's not going to be a day or two," Mattingly said.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is set to begin a minor-league rehabilitation assignment Saturday in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and could return to the Dodgers' lineup as early as Tuesday.
Ellis, 35, is batting .342 and is among the most steady second basemen in the major leagues.