OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A fractured right index finger will sideline Oakland second baseman Mark Ellis for the remainder of the 2006 major league playoffs.
The injury occurred in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday afternoon when Ellis was hit by a pitch by Twins reliever Joe Nathan.
On the play, Ellis was not awarded first because he swung at the pitch. He finished the at-bat and struck out before being replaced in the field in the bottom of the inning by D'Angelo Jimenez.
The loss of Ellis leaves the Athletics with two infield regulars injured.
"It puts a real damper on the team's win," Oakland General Manager Billy Beane told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Mark's presence is critical."
The team said Jimenez will replace Ellis for Game 3 in Oakland Friday afternoon.