The bruises on his arms will heal, but right now Ellis is more concerned with his bruised ego, or at least its causes.
Ellis is in a slump. A brief one, but an ugly one. He is in a 0-for-14 skid with eight strikeouts.
He has not had a hit since St. Louis outfielder
“There’s nothing that’s corresponding to that,” Ellis said. “I have just to figure it out. I have to get in the cage and the video room, talk to
"Personally for me, it's as frustrating as it gets. Not just making outs, but making noncompetitive outs. This is as frustrated as I've been offensively in quite awhile."
Ellis has been enjoying a strong offensive season until his recent slump. He was batting .290 before he began to struggle. His average is down to .259 now.
Not that he hasn't been on base of late. He's walked only twice during his slump, but on Sunday he got on after being hit with a pitch on the left wrist.
"I don't think he's feeling any effects, other than soreness," Mattingly said.