SAN FRANCISCO -- With so much focus on Matt Kemp's recovery, Mark Ellis just might beat him back to the lineup.
That would seem to be a miracle comeback for Ellis, who underwent emergency surgery May 19 to relieve pressure from swelling in his lower left leg after a take-out slide by St. Louis baserunner Tyler Greene.
"He's got a chance of going out [on a Minor League rehab assignment]," manager Don Mattingly said Monday. "He'll run the bases tomorrow. We feel like he is close. [Kemp and Ellis] are neck and neck. [Ellis] may be a touch ahead."
The Dodgers are 22-11 with Ellis starting at second base and batting second. They are 21-19 when he isn't.