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June 1, 2015 03:58 PM
Second baseman Mark Ellis announces retirement
by Chris Cwik |

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. 

June 2, 2015 06:54 AM
Mark Ellis reinstated from the disabled list
by Igor Mello |

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. 

June 2, 2015 07:07 AM
Mark Ellis hits DL with oblique strain
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

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.   

June 2, 2015 07:07 AM
Mark Ellis dealing with soreness
by Chris Cwik |

Cardinals infielder Mark Ellis is dealing with soreness, according to

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. 

June 1, 2015 09:02 PM
Mark Ellis out, Greg Garcia in Saturday lineup
by Marty Gitlin |

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.

June 1, 2015 09:06 PM
Mark Ellis to be Cards' regular second baseman
by Larry Hartstein |

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."

June 1, 2015 09:13 PM
Kolten Wong still ceding time to Mark Ellis
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

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. 

June 1, 2015 09:21 PM
Mark Ellis activated, Pete Kozma optioned Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

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.

June 1, 2015 09:23 PM
Mark Ellis begins rehab assignment at Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

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.

June 1, 2015 09:26 PM
Mark Ellis should be back from DL 'any day now'
by Igor Mello |

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, 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."

June 1, 2015 09:29 PM
Mark Ellis able to run Wednesday
by Chris Cwik |

Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis is running in the outfield Wednesday, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

Ellis is dealing with left knee tendinitis, and started the year on the disabled list. A team trainer was present to monitor Ellis as he ran. It's unclear when Ellis will return to action. 

June 1, 2015 09:31 PM
Mark Ellis not expected to be back Friday
by R.J. White |

Cardinals infielder Mark Ellis is improving, but he isn't expected to be ready to come off the disabled list when first eligible Friday, reports.

"I had never had this before, so I had no expectations on how it would go," Ellis said. "I figured it would get better just from staying off of it and doing things to make it get better. But it's gone well. It's gone really well."

Ellis, who is dealing with left patella tendinitis, resumed baseball activities Monday, taking swings in the batting cage before his team's game against the Reds.

June 1, 2015 09:35 PM
Mark Ellis nearing rehab assignment
by Igor Mello |

Cardinals infielder Mark Ellis could be nearing a minor-league rehab assignment, according to

Ellis, who is working his way back from knee tendinitis, could start the assignment after the team's home opener. However, he'll need to be cleared to hit before he heads to the minors. Ellis remains without a timetable for return.

June 1, 2015 09:42 PM
Mark Ellis to being season on disabled list
by Chris Cwik |

Cardinals infielder Mark Ellis will begin the season on the disabled list, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Ellis has been dealing with knee tendinitis during camp. Pete Kozma will replace him on the active roster. 

June 1, 2015 09:57 PM
Mark Ellis expected to return to game action this weekend
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he expects infielder Mark Ellis, who has been sidelined for about a week with left knee tendinitis, to get back into spring games this weekend, per

June 1, 2015 09:58 PM
Mark Ellis to be re-evaluated Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis, who has been out since Thursday with tendinitis in his left knee, will be re-evaluated Wednesday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

June 1, 2015 10:35 PM
Mark Ellis ready to compete for starting 2B role with Cardinals
by R.J. White |

Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis is ready to compete for the starting role at second base with prospect Kolten Wong, reports.

"I've tried to be real careful about how we've explained that to anybody," manager Mike Matheny said. "Once again with everybody we have -- it sounds like I'm just giving you a line -- but I want them going out there like they are competing for a job regardless of how solid their spot is."

"Let's let these guys go play the game and that will make it obvious for itself," Matheny added. "But there are going to be opportunities for Kolten and there are going to be opportunities for Mark as well."

Ellis signed a one-year, $5.25-million deal with the Cardinals this offseason. He hit .270/.323/.351 with six home runs and 48 RBI in 433 at-bats with the Dodgers last season.

June 2, 2015 04:03 PM
Cardinals finalize deal with Mark Ellis
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

The Cardinals officially announced their deal with second baseman Mark Ellis on Monday. According to, Ellis signed a one-year deal worth $5.25 million that also includes incentives.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals intend to use Ellis as a bench player and possible platoon partner for Kolten Wong, who will be the likely starter at second base.

June 2, 2015 04:05 PM
Mark Ellis to join Cardinals on one-year deal
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals agreed to sign second baseman Mark Ellis to a one-year contract Sunday.

The Royals and Rays were among the teams contending to sign Ellis, who spent the last two seasons with the Dodgers.

June 2, 2015 04:21 PM
Several teams looking in on Mark Ellis
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst reports that the Royals, Rays and Dodgers are among several teams who have an interest in free agent second baseman Mark Ellis. According to an earlier report, the Orioles were also considering signing Ellis.

In 126 games, Ellis hit .270 with six home runs and 48 RBI for the Dodgers in 2013.