Broken thumb sidelines Ellis up to six weeks


Oakland Athletics' Mark Ellis, bottom, breaks up a double play while being forced out at second base by Kansas City Royals' Mark Grudzielanek in the sixth inning of their baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 30, 2006.

The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Athletics second baseman Mark Ellis has a broken right thumb that will sideline him for up to six weeks.
Ellis had X-rays late Tuesday after getting hurt sliding while breaking up a double play in the sixth inning of an 8-7, 10-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals. He will be placed on the disabled list Thursday.
"I don't know if you can get any more of a freak accident than that - breaking up a double play and breaking your thumb," A's manager Ken Macha said before Wednesday's series finale against the Royals. "Generally speaking, when you've got something broken, it's six weeks."
Marco Scutaro will play in Ellis' place for now - after an impressive stint as Bobby Crosby's backup last season when the shortstop was injured two separate times.
This is a disappointing development for Ellis, who signed a two-year, $6 million contract in January following a strong comeback season after he missed the 2004 campaign with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Ellis, a former University of Florida standout, batted a career-high .316 with a career-best 13 home runs and 52 RBIs last season, but had been struggling recently with a .226 average, three homers and 11 RBIs.
He will not need surgery. "He's not real pleased," trainer Larry Davis said. "He wants to play every day. He's not a real happy camper right now."
The A's were deciding who to bring up to fill Ellis' roster spot. Antonio Perez is on the big league roster and provides another infielder off the bench, so the A's might choose to add another position player or a pitcher.
A's third baseman Eric Chavez, who left Tuesday's game with a bruised left hand, had X-rays Wednesday and they were negative. He was in the starting lineup.

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