LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis is back on the field practicing and taking ground balls, as well as hitting in the cage, three weeks after being discharged from the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery on his left leg.Ellis said he could do pretty much everything, albeit limited, and that it feels like it's been a long time since he was injured. "Once I got out of the hospital and started moving around, I thought it would be a long time [to get to this point]," he said. "To be where I'm at now is definitely, definitely a pleasant surprise." The optimistic veteran said it's been a good couple of days, but he didn't want to commit to any sort of timetable. Part of his leg has been taped up ever since stitches were taken out early last week. Ellis has been on the disabled list since May 19 after colliding with St. Louis' Tyler Greene at second base. Manager Don Mattingly said Ellis is doing well, but he doesn't want to get too excited just yet.
Herrera learning to get comfortable in outfield
LOS ANGELES -- Manager Don Mattingly fielded questions from fans on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, and one of the first ones he got was asking which callup has stood out the most.Mattingly said Elian Herrera, noting his instant and continued success. Part of that success has been possible thanks to Herrera's versatility and ability to move around from position to position. Now, with Matt Kemp back on the disabled list and Juan Uribe returning to the infield, Herrera's moving to the outfield to try to continue that success. Mattingly said he plans to use Herrera in the outfield much more from here on out, and that's just fine with the utility man, who said he mostly played center field in Triple-A. After playing primarily in the infield since being called up on May 14, Herrera is getting more comfortable in the outfield each day. "The last two weeks I have been taking ground balls at third base and then a little at second and then I go in the outfield and take a fly ball in center and then left," he said. "I want to be ready and prepared for wherever they send me." Herrera, who has also moved around in the batting lineup, has started nine games at second, 10 at third and three in center field. He added another start in center field Wednesday night.
As manager, Mattingly embraces NL style
LOS ANGELES -- With the Dodgers in the middle of a 15-game Interleague stretch, manager Don Mattingly admitted to preferring National League rules and said he would vote for no designated hitter if given a choice."I like this style," Mattingly said. "Playing in one and basically being able to coach in both, I like the National League game better." As a player, he said he didn't give enough credit to the NL's style of play and always wondered why it doesn't have a DH.
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Now, Mattingly has switched viewpoints."I think they should go straight National League rules now," he said. He said with mostly utility players on the bench, his club isn't set up to play with a DH like an American League team. Heading into Wednesday's game, the Dodgers were 3-2 this season in Interleague games.
Dodgers reliever Lindblom, wife launch charity
LOS ANGELES -- When reliever Josh Lindblom isn't busy striking out batters out of the bullpen, he and his wife, Aurielle, are in the community trying to give back and make a difference. On Wednesday, the couple launched their charity, the Josh Lindblom Foundation, by hosting more than 300 individuals from the Los Angeles Dream Center."We're so blessed that I'm able to play a game I love for a living and it's been a dream of mine ever since I've been younger," Lindblom said. "To have the opportunity to be able to give back to the community that gives us so much in return ... you look at the last two nights here and how much blue has been in the stands, and to be able to make an impact in people's lives is what this platform is all about." Lindblom and his wife started work on the foundation in their hometown of West Lafayette, Ind. Ever since Lindblom debuted with the Dodgers in June 2011, they have worked to carry on their charitable efforts in Los Angeles. The Josh Lindblom Foundation gives back to both communities. "We still live in our hometown in Indiana, but we live here for seven months out of the year, so it's our home away from home and these fans make it feel like home," said Lindblom, who leads all qualifying Dodgers relievers with a 2.25 ERA. "It's an unbelievable experience to have the relationship with the Dream Center." Aurielle said she is at the Dream Center four or five days a week volunteering and added that players like Matt Kemp and Scott Elbert, among others, have joined the couple there to lend a helping hand. "To have the support from the Dodgers is huge," Aurielle said.
The Dodgers announced Wednesday the signing of six more Draft picks: right-hander Zachary Bird (ninth round); shortstop Zach Babitt (10th round); right-hander Owen Jones (19th round); right-hander Lindsey Caughel (23rd round); first baseman Paul Hoenecke (24th round); and first baseman John Sgromolo (37th round).
The team has signed 15 of its 41 picks. First-rounder Corey Seager remains unsigned.
Alex Angert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.