• by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Second baseman Mark Ellis announces retirement

    Long-time Athletics second baseman Mark Ellis has announced his retirement, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "It was definitely time," the 37-year-old Ellis said. "My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else." Ellis spent 12 years in the majors, nine of which came with the Athletics. He was a member of the Cardinals in 2014, but was limited to just 73 games due to an oblique injury. Athletics general manager Billy Beane said Ellis was a "consummate professional" when he played, and has a job waiting for him if he ever wants to return to the game. "After some deserved time with Sarah and his children, I'm hopeful, when he is ready, Mark will continue his baseball career with the A's," Beane said. Ellis compiled a career .262/.327/.384 over 5,117 at-bats.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Mark Ellis reinstated from the disabled list

    The Cardinals activated infielder Mark Ellis from the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Ellis was sidelined since Aug. 19 with a strained left oblique. He is hitting .192 over 167 at-bats.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Mark Ellis hits DL with oblique strain

    Cardinals infielder Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique Tuesday, the team announced. Ellis was unavailable for the team's last three games with unspecified soreness, and it is not clear when he suffered this injury.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Mark Ellis dealing with soreness

    Cardinals infielder Mark Ellis is dealing with soreness, according to MLB.com. Manager Mike Matheny revealed after the game that Ellis wasn't available for Monday's game. Matheny did not specify the injury. Ellis is hitting .192 over 167 at-bats.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Mark Ellis out, Greg Garcia in Saturday lineup

    Scuffling second baseman Mark Ellis is set to sit Saturday against the host Cubs. Greg Garcia will make his second start instead. Ellis has just two hits in his last 23 at-bats and owns a .121 average on the year.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Mark Ellis to be Cards' regular second baseman

    With Kolten Wong's demotion to Triple-A Memphis, veteran Mark Ellis will be the Cardinals' regular second baseman for now, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. El "That's what he was signed for," general manager John Mozeliak said of Ellis, who will make $5.25 million this year. "To give us that production, so we'll take advantage of it."The 36-year-old Ellis battled a knee injury in the spring but now feels ready for regular duty. He went 2 for 5 in Monday's loss to Milwaukee, raising his average to .160. "Coming over here, I knew what I was getting into," Ellis said. "It's unfortunate for Kolten that it hasn't worked out well so far, not that it's going to kill his career, by any means."

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Kolten Wong still ceding time to Mark Ellis

    Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong is back in the lineup Monday against the Mets, after sitting out the team's previous two games. Veteran Mark Ellis started in Wong's place, and manager Mike Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday Ellis' track record plays a part in why he keeps turning his way. "We have a known quantity in Mark Ellis," Matheny said. "When he's going right and we can fit him in there and the matchup looks good, it's an easy day to give to him. Kolten is one of those great expectations-type players. He's shown so much of what he can do. We have to take advantage of days when he doesn't look right so we don't just beat him up." Wong has struggled to open the season, hitting just .237/.297/.288, though he has appeared in 17 of the team's 20 games so far.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Mark Ellis activated, Pete Kozma optioned Tuesday

    Cardinals infielder Mark Ellis (knee) rejoined the team Tuesday at Milwaukee after playing in one rehab game for Triple-A Memphis. Pete Kozma was optioned to Memphis to clear a roster spot for Ellis, who was activated off the 15-day disabed list.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Mark Ellis begins rehab assignment at Triple-A

    The Cardinals announced Sunday infielder Mark Ellis (knee) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis. Ellis has been on the 15-day disabled list since the start of the season.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Mark Ellis should be back from DL 'any day now'

    Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis went through a strenuous pregame workout without any issues prior to Friday's game against the Cubs. He could be nearing a return from the disabled list, MLB.com reports. "I should be really close," Ellis said. "I should be any day now. I just have to get with the trainers and [manager]Mike [Matheny] and see what we want to do."