More good news for Mark Ellis.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Ellis was released from the hospital today, six days after he underwent an emergency fasciotomy which may have saved his left leg.
Ellis injured the leg when he was taken out on a slide at second base by Cardinals’ infielder Tyler Greene last Friday. He underwent surgery the next day to drain his leg of blood and fluid. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly revealed earlier this week that if Ellis had waited another four to five hours to get treatment, he may have lost his leg.
Ellis has already begun ankle exercises, but he’s expected to be on the shelf for the next six weeks. Of course, baseball sort of takes a backseat after a scare like that.
The Blue Jays have released right-handed reliever John Axford from his minor league contract, per an announcement on Saturday. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi speculates that the move could provide an avenue for the club to rework Axford’s contract, but the Blue Jays have yet to confirm or deny the report.
Axford, 35, was dealt a blow on Thursday after getting diagnosed with a stress reaction in the olecranon bone of his right elbow. Elbow soreness dogged the right-hander through much of his time in camp, and although he was scheduled for a follow-up examination later this spring, a definite return date had not been established.
Prior to the diagnosis, Axford was tabbed for a setup role with the team in 2019. He pitched to mixed results in 2018 (thanks in part to a late-season fracture of his right fibula) with a 5.27 ERA, 4.9 BB/9, and 9.8 SO/9 through 54 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays and Dodgers. Now, however, it’s not certain that he’ll return to the mound this season in any capacity.
Axford isn’t the only reliever the Blue Jays have lost to injury lately, either, as right-handers Ryan Tepera and Bud Norris have been sidelined with right elbow inflammation and forearm fatigue, respectively. Per Davidi, the Blue Jays offered Norris a $100,000 retention bonus to prevent him from opting out of the minor league contract he signed in February.