Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that the team doctor told him second baseman Mark Ellis was within several hours of possibly having his left leg amputated if Ellis hadn't had emergency surgery.
"That was scary," Mattingly said of the injury, which is expected to keep Ellis out of action for six weeks. "I didn't realize how bad that was."
Ellis, 34, suffered the injury Friday when he was upended by the St. Louis Cardinals' Tyler Greene to break up a double play. Ellis reported to the clubhouse Saturday but told head trainer Sue Falsone and others that the leg still bothered him.
Falsone and her staff decided to get Ellis to a hospital near Dodger Stadium immediately, and he had surgery to drain blood and other fluids that had created pressure on the leg's muscles.
Mattingly said team physician Neal ElAttrache told him "if that thing goes another six or seven hours, you've got a chance of losing a leg. Doc said the muscle basically dies, doesn't get any blood flow."
Mattingly said doctors also said the injury was "really rare," one more likely to be seen in an auto accident in which "something got smashed."
Auction record: A baseball jersey worn by Babe Ruth sold for more than $4.4 million Sunday, a record for any item of sports memorabilia, according to the buyer and seller.
SCP Auctions, based in California, said the circa 1920 New York Yankees uniform top is the earliest known jersey worn by Ruth and it fetched $4,415,658 at the company's April auction, which ended Sunday. That price broke the previous record of $4,338,500 set in 2010 for James Naismith's founding rules of basketball.
Lelands.com said it submitted the winning bid for the jersey, which had been displayed for years at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore. The road top has "New York" written across the front, and the Hall of Fame slugger wore it shortly after he was sold to the Yankees by the Boston Red Sox for $100,000 following the 1919 season.
Suzan French, a spokeswoman for Lelands.com, said the company plans to sell the jersey privately rather than re-auction it.
Also at the auction, a Ruth-used Hillerich & Bradsby bat from the mid-1920s sold for $591,000, and a Yankees cap from the 1930s worn by Ruth and previously owned by former Yankees pitcher David Wells went for $537,278.
Cardinals: First baseman Lance Berkman was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured right knee. Berkman was hurt while stretching for a throw during Saturday's game against the Dodgers. Berkman will have an MRI exam Monday in St. Louis.
Berkman, 36, had just returned to the lineup May 13 after being sidelined for 21 games because of a strained left calf he aggravated while chasing a pop-up.
Berkman underwent surgery on his right knee in 2005 and on his left knee in 2010 while with the Houston Astros.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.