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Mark Ellis | Second Baseman

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/6/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Florida
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Mark Ellis had an RBI single and a walk Friday against the Nationals.
Ellis has made two starts since coming off the disabled list, but youngster Kolten Wong should still get most of the playing time at second base. Look for the 37-year-old to get spot starts against left-handers, like he did Friday night against Gio Gonzalez. Apr 18 - 10:00 PM

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Cardinals activated 2B Mark Ellis from the 15-day disabled list.

Ellis only needed one game to show that he was ready to join the Cardinals. The 36-year-old was forced to begin the year on the disabled list due to left knee tendinitis, but will now serve as a backup to young Kolten Wong at second base.
Apr 15 - 10:44 AM

Mark Ellis (knee) has reported to Triple-A Memphis to begin a rehab assignment.

He should be ready to join the Cardinals after a handful of rehab games. Coming back from a bout of patella tendinitis in his left knee, Ellis' return will push Pete Kozma to Triple-A.
Apr 13 - 11:44 AM

Mark Ellis (knee) will not return from the disabled list on Friday, the first day he's eligible.

The good news, however, is that Ellis said things are "definitely going in the right direction" with the patella tendinitis left knee. The veteran infielder resumed baseball activities Monday, taking some swings in the batting cage. "We're getting the soreness out of there," Ellis said. "I guess there is a little bit of fluid in there, getting that out, too. I'm just taking this time, realizing that it's got to get better."
Apr 7 - 7:21 PM

Cardinals placed INF Mark Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee.

The veteran infielder has been slow in the recovery process, and has still been unable to participate in full workouts with the team. Pete Kozma is expected to function in a reserve infielder role until Ellis returns.
Mar 30 - 4:01 PM

Mark Ellis (knee) could need a stint on the disabled list.

Ellis has been slow to recover from tendinitis in his left knee and has been unable to participate fully in workouts. The Cardinals seem like to play it safe and DL him, giving Pete Kozma the final infield spot.
Mar 30 - 3:15 PM

Mark Ellis (knee) is expected to return to the Cardinals lineup on Saturday.

If not, he'll certainly be in Sunday's lineup. He has been fighting tendinitis in his knee since last Thursday which has kept him out of Grapefruit League action. He's expected to function as a reserve infielder for the Cardinals this year.
Mar 22 - 8:29 AM

Mark Ellis (left knee) remains out of the lineup.

Ellis has been battling some tendinitis, which has kept him out of Grapefruit League action since last Thursday. The veteran said Wednesday that he is "definitely on the up and up." Fresh off a clean MRI, Ellis expects to return soon. Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny believes Ellis will return to the lineup over the weekend.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 19 - 9:48 AM

Mark Ellis will have his left knee re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Ellis has been battling some tendinitis, which has kept him out of Grapefruit League action since last Thursday. It doesn't sound like an issue to worry about, but more will be known after Wednesday's exam.
Mar 18 - 6:16 PM

Cardinals signed 2B Mark Ellis to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.

The one-year pact also carries about $1 million in performance-based bonuses. Ellis should be a perfect fit as a bench piece in St. Louis, where he will back up the left-handed Kolten Wong at second base. The 36-year-old Ellis still rates very well defensively.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 03:54:00 PM

Mark Ellis' one-year contract with the Cardinals is worth $5.25 million, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The deal was agreed to last Friday and will be made official this week after Ellis passes his physical. The 36-year-old right-handed-hitter will provide insurance at second base behind youngster Kolten Wong, a lefty. It's a nice subtle addition for St. Louis.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 03:39:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are close to signing Mark Ellis to a one-year contract.

Goold says Ellis just needs to pass a physical before the deal is announced. The Cards plan to hand over the second base job to Kolten Wong after moving Matt Carpenter to third, but Ellis will provide some nice insurance should Wong struggle. He batted .264/.328/.357 with 13 homers over the last two seasons for the Dodgers and offers a reliable glove.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 12:23:00 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Cardinals met with Mark Ellis' agent Tuesday.

The Cards are looking for a right-handed hitting middle infielder that can offer some protection for Kolten Wong. It's not clear whether Ellis would be willing to accept a bench job, though. He batted .264/.328/.357 with 13 homers over the last two seasons for the Dodgers.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 10:12:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Rays, Royals and Dodgers are among the teams interested in Mark Ellis.

The Dodgers declined a $5.75 million option on Ellis following the season, but they remain interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. However, he might be able to find more playing time elsewhere. For what it's worth, Rosenthal considers the Rays an unlikely fit at this time.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 10:51:00 AM

According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals could have interest in free agent second baseman Mark Ellis.

Dutton cites a conversation with a team official who said they believe Ellis still has "something left". Though he'll turn 37 during the 2014 season, he did slash .270/.323/.351 with six homers and 48 RBI in 126 games for the Dodgers this past season. Fantasy owners are holding out hope that Emilio Bonifacio secures their second base job however, as Ellis' upside is extremely limited.
Sat, Nov 30, 2013 09:17:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Allen Craig
2Oscar Taveras
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4Joe Kelly
5Shelby Miller
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Jason Motte
4Kevin Siegrist
5Randy Choate
6Sam Freeman
7Seth Maness
8Carlos Martinez