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Ellis on track for quick return to Cardinals

MILWAUKEE -- The Cardinals received a positive report from Mark Ellis after the veteran infielder went 1-for-3 and played five innings at second base for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday. The appearance marked the start of a Minor League rehab assignment for Ellis, who has been nursing left knee patellar tendinitis since mid-March.

Ellis singled and scored from second without issue in the game. He was scheduled to play again for Memphis on Monday, but that game ended up being postponed because of rain. It was not immediately known whether that could extend Ellis' stay in Memphis. Manager Mike Matheny had said earlier in the afternoon that there was "a chance we may see him" before the Cardinals wrap up their series in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

"He felt good afterwards, which was the main thing," Matheny added. "We talked to him again today and no negative repercussions. He's on the right track to join us here soon."

When Ellis returns, he is expected to assume the roster spot currently filled by Pete Kozma. Returning to Memphis might not be such a bad thing for Kozma, who had taken only two at-bats for the Cardinals this year entering Monday's game. He would play regularly in Triple-A.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB.
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