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Mark Ellis Returns To Lineup For Dodgers

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Jason Heyward #22 of the Atlanta Braves is tagged out on a steal attempt by Mark Ellis #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field on May 19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Jason Heyward #22 of the Atlanta Braves is tagged out on a steal attempt by Mark Ellis #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field on May 19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP) — Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis has returned to the lineup after missing the last 19 games with a right quadriceps strain.

Catcher Tim Federowicz was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Ellis on the 25-man roster. Ellis was batting second Sunday against the Braves.

Ellis was hitting .342 with two homers and 11 RBIs when he injured his quad while running out a grounder in a win over Milwaukee on April 26.

The 11-year veteran is in his second season with the Dodgers and has a career .266 batting average. Ellis made his last rehab appearance with Double-A Chattanooga on Saturday and went 0 for 3 with a walk.

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