Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday and is expected to be out for at least six weeks after undergoing surgery Thursday morning for a staph infection on his left elbow, Dodgers team trainer Stan Conte said.
The Dodgers called up infielder Russell Mitchell from triple-A Albuquerque and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Juan Uribe will be his primary third baseman.
Blake is scheduled to be released from the hospital Saturday, and his arm will be in a sling for up to 10 days, Mattingly said, adding he wants Blake to be around the team as soon as that is possible.
Said Conte: "He’s got an incision on the back of his elbow that we have to take very good care of because that’s still open to the outside world, so he won’t be able to do anything for about 10 days.
"So after that," Conte said, "if everything is going well and there’s no recurrence of the infection, etc., then we’ll start moving him along. I think the magic number that we’re throwing out here is six weeks to return to the major leagues."
Conte said they're still not sure how the infection came about.
"Everyone is racking their brain on why this happened," Conte said. "The only theory we have is that he did bump his elbow at some point, he didn't recall it, it caused some swelling and the swelling became infected very, very quickly.
"He has had a history -- five, six, seven years ago -- of having olecranon bursitis, but it wasn't infected, so I don't know if this is somehow related to that," Conte added. "We don't know."