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MIL@LAD: Magill strikes out seven in big league debut

Matt Magill's stay in the Dodgers' starting rotation could be short-lived if he doesn't pitch well in Sunday's series finale against the Braves at Turner Field.

With Ted Lilly set to be activated from the disabled list while the Dodgers are in Milwaukee, beginning Monday, the veteran lefty could return to the starting rotation if Magill has a poor outing.

"We'll see what happens tomorrow," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday. "We'll see how Magill looks."

While Magill shined in his Major League debut on April 27 against the Brewers, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts, he's surrendered eight runs in 6 1/3 combined innings over his past two starts.

Still looking for his first win, Magill allowed three runs on three hits in five innings of work in his last start on May 10 against the Marlins.

Meanwhile, Mike Minor will be on the hill for the Braves, looking for his third straight win and a series sweep.

While the left-hander has allowed a home run in each of his past four starts, he has not surrendered more than one run in either of his past two outings.

Minor allowed a run on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings against the D-backs on Monday, marking his fifth win and sixth quality start.

Poised on the mound, the 25-year-old has compiled a 2.40 ERA in his past 23 starts, dating back to July 5 of last season.

Dodgers: M. Ellis set to rejoin club
• Second baseman Mark Ellis played one more inning than he was scheduled in Saturday's rehab appearance with Double-A Chattanooga, spending seven innings in the field while going 0-for-3 with a walk, two strikeouts and a run scored. He is scheduled to join the Dodgers in Atlanta on Sunday, then fly with the club to Milwaukee after the game.

Mattingly said Ellis wouldn't be activated Sunday and that he might make one more rehab appearance with Class A Great Lakes, which plays Monday in Lansing, Mich.

Ellis played three innings and had one at-bat Friday night, but his appearance was cut short by an inning because of a wet field.

"Everything was fine. No issues," Mattingly said of Ellis' right quad, which was strained on April 26.

Braves: O'Flaherty lands on DL
• An MRI exam Saturday revealed a tear the ulnar collateral ligament of setup man Eric O'Flaherty's left elbow.

The Braves placed him on the 15-day disabled list, with O'Flaherty set to visit Dr. James Andrews within the next few days to learn whether he will need to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

"Obviously, you're hoping it's just a sprain and a short DL stint, and you get him back fairly quickly," general manager Frank Wren said. "But it doesn't look like that's going to be the case."

The discouraging development came only 48 hours after Andrews performed a second Tommy John surgery on Jonny Venters, who teamed with O'Flaherty to serve as Atlanta's primary setup men over the past few years.

Worth noting
• Despite having only 16 home games so far this season, the Braves' offense has 24 home runs at Turner Field. Comments