Ellis has second leg surgery in three days

Ellis has second leg surgery in three days

PHOENIX -- Injured Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis underwent an additional surgical procedure to drain his swollen left leg, manager Don Mattingly said Monday.

Ellis, injured on a takeout slide by the Cardinals' Tyler Greene on Friday night, underwent emergency surgery on Saturday to relieve swelling from the trauma and will remain hospitalized at least until Tuesday. Doctors said without the Saturday surgery Ellis could have lost his leg.

The procedure, a fasciotomy, involves an incision into the membrane that surrounds the muscle, allowing the release of blood and fluid buildup.

Doctors still haven't fully determined injuries to other parts of his left leg, like the knee and ankle, focusing first on the swelling and the susceptibility for infection.

"There will be more testing," said Mattingly, "but they have to wait for this to heal."