Optimistic Ellis starts limited work after injury

Optimistic Ellis starts limited work after injury

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis is back on the field practicing and taking ground balls, as well as hitting in the cage, three weeks after being discharged from the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery on his left leg.

Ellis said he could do pretty much everything, albeit limited, and that it feels like it's been a long time since he was injured.

"Once I got out of the hospital and started moving around, I thought it would be a long time [to get to this point]," he said. "To be where I'm at now is definitely, definitely a pleasant surprise."

The optimistic veteran said it's been a good couple of days, but he didn't want to commit to any sort of timetable. Part of his leg has been taped up ever since stitches were taken out early last week.

Ellis has been on the disabled list since May 19 after colliding with St. Louis' Tyler Greene at second base. Manager Don Mattingly said Ellis is doing well, but he doesn't want to get too excited just yet.