That leg surgery on Mark Ellis apparently was even more serious than first suspected.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday if the surgery had not been performed that Ellis was mere hours away from losing his lower left leg.
Mattingly said Dr. Neal ElAttrache told him the muscle might have died if surgeons had performed the fasciotomy six or seven hours later.
Surgeons cut an approximately six-inch incision on the outside of his left calf Saturday to drain blood and fluid that was applying severe pressure to the muscle. Ellis is scheduled to remain in the hospital to allow continued drainage until the flap is sewed back on Tuesday.