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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers placed second baseman Mark Ellis on their crowded 15-day disabled list Monday.
Ellis, who has a strained right quadriceps, is the ninth Dodger to go on the DL this season. He was replaced on the roster by pitcher Chris Capuano, who is scheduled to start Monday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after missing 16 contests with a strained left calf.
Zack Greinke, Hanley Ramirez, Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly are already on the DL. Together with Ellis, those injured players will make more than $60 million this season. Three major-league teams entered the season with payrolls lower than $60 million.
Ellis is eligible to return Sunday. The Dodgers carried him on the 25-man roster though he hasn't played since April 26, hopeful he could make a faster-than-expected recovery.
Ellis had hit safely in six consecutive games before suffering the injury and was batting .342 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 11 games.
"He got a lot better quick and then just kind of leveled off," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.