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Mark Ellis | Second Baseman

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (40) / 6/6/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Florida
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 9 (0) / KC

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Free agent second baseman Mark Ellis has retired, he told the San Francisco Chronicle.
"It was definitely time," Ellis said. "My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else." The 37-year-old struggled to a .180/.253/.213 line in 73 games with the Cardinals in 2014. It was an unseemly end to a decent career, much of it spent with the Athletics. Wed, Feb 25, 2015 11:00:00 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Mark Ellis "may play one more year."

Ellis, 37, had a disastrous lone season in St. Louis, batting just .180/.253/.213 over 73 games. He was reasonably productive in 2013, however, and is known as a good clubhouse guy. Some team will surely be willing to give him a shot, but he'll have to settle for well less than the $5.25 million he made this season.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 09:50:00 AM

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

Ellis is recovered from his left oblique strain and will be back on the Cardinals' bench for Monday's series-opener against the Pirates. The veteran infielder has hit just .192/.267/.228 in 65 games this season.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 12:42:00 PM

Cardinals placed 2B Mark Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Ellis could be sidelined until mid-September. Greg Garcia has been called up from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding roster move and will back up multiple positions on the infield. Ellis has struggled this season for St. Louis, batting just .192/.267/.228.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 04:26:00 PM

Mark Ellis went 2-for-3 in a rare start at first base on Tuesday.

Giving Matt Adams a night off, Ellis made just his third start ever at first base. And he came through with two of the Cardinals' four hits, both singles. The second baseman -- by trade, at least -- is having a miserable season in what could possibly be his last season.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 10:20:00 PM

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.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 10:00:00 PM

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.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:44:00 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.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 11:44:00 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."
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 07:21:00 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.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 04:01:00 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.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 03:15:00 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.
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 08:29:00 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.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 09:48:00 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.
Tue, Mar 18, 2014 06:16:00 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

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3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
2Tyler O'Neill
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