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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cardinals' Mark Ellis getting ready to return

By on 3/19/2014 09:00:00 PM

According to Jenifer Langosch of Mark Ellis of the Cardinals is expected to return to games this weekend after suffering a left knee injury last Thursday.

Ellis was diagnosed with knee tendinitis and Ellis described himself as “definitely on the up and up.”

A recent MRI on Ellis’ knee showed no structural damage, but was still held out of action for almost a week.

“You never want to miss time, but it seems to be under control. It was a little sore,” Ellis explained.

"I think he said a couple times that he'd be out there if we were in the season, but this is something to get ahead of and that he would follow along with what the trainers are trying to do," Matheny added. "They have done enough tests to know that he is in good shape structurally. It's just something that's achy right now."

Ellis in 2013 with the Dodgers batted for a slash of .270/.323/.251 with 6 home runs, 48 runs batted in while playing 126 games. He carried a 3.0 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) and only struck out 74 times in 433 at bats.

This spring with St. Louis Ellis is 6 of 20 in 8 game with 1 run batted in, 4 strikeouts, and 2 stolen bases. All of his hits have been singles while playing second-base for the reigning National League Champions.

Ellis, 36, was signed this past offseason to compete with top prospect Kolten Wong for the starting second-base job, but it looks as if Wong will win it and Ellis will be his back up.

Wong in spring training is 13 of 36 with 2 home runs and 8 runs batted in. It has been a strong showing for Wong who also has a 1.092 OPS with a .425 OBP.

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