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Ellis close to Minor League rehab stint

Ellis close to Minor League rehab stint

Ellis close to Minor League rehab stint
SAN FRANCISCO -- With so much focus on Matt Kemp's recovery, Mark Ellis just might beat him back to the lineup.

That would seem to be a miracle comeback for Ellis, who underwent emergency surgery May 19 to relieve pressure from swelling in his lower left leg after a take-out slide by St. Louis baserunner Tyler Greene.

"He's got a chance of going out [on a Minor League rehab assignment]," manager Don Mattingly said Monday. "He'll run the bases tomorrow. We feel like he is close. [Kemp and Ellis] are neck and neck. [Ellis] may be a touch ahead."

The Dodgers are 22-11 with Ellis starting at second base and batting second. They are 21-19 when he isn't.

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