LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — There is more traffic between the Dodgers’ disabled list and their active roster than there is in the parking lot after a ball game.
The Dodgers announced Monday that second baseman Mark Ellis was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin muscle.
Ellis was batting .342 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 20 games with the Dodgers this season, not to mention his six-game hitting streak before the injury. For a team that ranks second to last in runs scored in the National League, Ellis’ absence is tragic.
With Ellis on the DL, Nick Punto has been seeing more playing time at second base. Punto is batting .353 in 22 games this season.
Ellis last played on April 26, when he sustained the injury while running to first base against the Brewers. He is the ninth Dodger to be placed on the disabled list this season.
As Ellis was placed on the DL, right-handed pitcher Chris Capuano was activated from it, and immediately put on the mound to open the series against the Diamondbacks.
Capuano had started just one game in place of the injured Zack Greinke in the rotation, before aggravating a left calf injury himself.
The club is also without Hanley Ramirez, again, who injured his left hamstring, just three days after being activated from the disabled list.
The club has yet to make a decision on Jerry Hairston Jr., who is also dealing with a strained groin.
Manager Don Mattingly stated that Hairston will have to prove that he can play in the outfield before they make a decision not to place him on the disabled list.