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A.J. Ellis | Catcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/9/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Dodgers and C A.J. Ellis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.25 million contract.
Ellis was arbitration-eligible for the second time in his career. $4.25 million is a big price for a backup catcher -- Yasmani Grandal is going to be the starter in Los Angeles -- but it's chump change for the incredibly deep-pocketed Dodgers. Ellis should be pretty active in his backup role. Jan 13 - 5:27 PM

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A.J. Ellis will bat eighth in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Ellis is 5-for-9 with a homer and a double over the first two games of the series, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is sticking with the same lineup against John Lackey: Dee Gordon 2B, Yasiel Puig CF, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Matt Kemp RF, Hanley Ramirez SS, Carl Crawford LF, Juan Uribe 3B, Ellis C, Hyun-Jin Ryu SP.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 05:05:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 4-for-5 and blasted a two-run homer as the Dodgers dropped Game 1 of the National League Division Series to the Cardinals on Friday.

Ellis logged three of his hits against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, the last of which was the two-run bomb that chased him from the game in the fifth inning. He then lined a one-out single off Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning and came around to score. The 33-year-old backstop hit just .191/.323/.254 over 93 contests in the regular season but shone bright on the big stage on Friday.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 10:39:00 PM

A.J. Ellis had a pair of two-run homers and scored three runs in Friday's victory over the Cubs.

Edwin Jackson getting chased early turned out to be a good thing for Ellis, as he took Jackson's replacement, Eric Jokisch, out of the park once in the first and again in the third. He also drew a walk. It was a big day in what has been an ugly offensive season for Ellis, as he's still hitting just .193/.328/.261.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 06:05:00 PM

A.J. Ellis is back in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

Ellis missed the last couple days with a sore knee. He's hitting just .194/.335/.239 with no homers for the Dodgers this season.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 06:40:00 PM

A.J. Ellis (knee) is expected back in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

Ellis is sitting again Sunday with a sore knee that's bothered him for a few days, but he'll be OK. Drew Butera is behind the dish Sunday.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 01:58:00 PM

A.J. Ellis (knee) is out of the lineup on Saturday.

Drew Butera gets the start in his place, batting eighth. Ellis is battling some knee soreness, but the 33-year-old should be good to go on Sunday.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 05:47:00 PM

A.J. Ellis had an RBI double and a run scored Friday against the Cardinals.

Ellis was right in the middle of the Dodgers' only rally of the night, doubling home Juan Uribe in the seventh inning and later scoring on a wild pitch. The 33-year-old was 0-for-13 over his last six games coming into Friday's action. He's hitting just .215 with zero homers over 41 games this season, but has at least gotten on base at a .366 clip.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 12:41:00 AM

Dodgers activated C A.J. Ellis from the 15-day disabled list.

Ellis missed the minimum amount of time with a sprained right ankle. He'll resume his regular catching duties with the Dodgers. Tim Federowicz has been sent back to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 05:59:00 PM

A.J. Ellis (ankle) is likely to be activated Friday.

Ellis suffered a sprained right ankle while celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter on May 25. The 33-year-old catcher was off to a sluggish start before the injury, batting .170 with a .563 OPS and zero home runs in 60 plate appearances. He missed time in April and early May following left knee surgery.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 11:10:00 AM

A.J. Ellis (ankle) hopes to return from the disabled list when he's first eligible this week.

Ellis sprained his right ankle while celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter on May 25, but he's close to 100 percent now and doesn't think he'll require a minor league rehab assignment. The Dodgers' backup has been limited to just 15 games this season.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 04:54:00 PM

Dodgers placed C A.J. Ellis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 25, with a right ankle sprain.

Ellis just returned from knee surgery less than two weeks ago, but now he's hurt again. He apparently suffered the injury in Josh Beckett's no-hitter celebration on Sunday. Tim Federowicz will take his spot on the active roster.
Mon, May 26, 2014 05:03:00 PM

A.J. Ellis is not listed on the Dodgers' lineup card.

Tim Federowicz is in the Dodgers' clubhouse, which is an indication that Ellis is likely headed for the disabled list. No official word yet from the team, but we should hear something soon. It's worth noting that Ellis just returned from knee surgery less than two weeks ago.
Mon, May 26, 2014 04:46:00 PM

Dodgers activated C A.J. Ellis from the 15-day disabled list.

Ellis has been out since April 8 due to surgery on his left knee. Miguel Olivo was optioned to make room for Ellis, who was behind the plate for Wednesday's game.
Wed, May 14, 2014 06:32:00 PM

A.J. Ellis (knee) will not be activated Tuesday.

The Dodgers want to give Ellis one more day before throwing him back into the fire. He has been on the disabled list since April 8 because of left knee surgery.
Source: True Blue LA
Tue, May 13, 2014 05:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
3Austin Barnes
4Ali Solis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Jamie Romak
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Justin Turner
3Alex Guerrero
4Enrique Hernandez
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Darwin Barney
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Chris Heisey
3Scott Van Slyke
4Scott Schebler
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Brandon McCarthy
5Brett Anderson
6Juan Nicasio
7Joe Wieland
8Zach Lee
9Chris Reed
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Brandon League
5Chris Hatcher
6Jamey Wright
7Pedro Baez
8Paco Rodriguez
9Yimi Garcia
10Carlos Frias
11Daniel Coulombe
12Adam Liberatore
13Chris Withrow
14Sergio Santos