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A.J. Ellis | Catcher | #17

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/9/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Austin Peay
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 18 (0) / LA
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Dodgers and C A.J. Ellis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.
Ellis was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. Highly-regarded for his ability as a game-caller, the 34-year-old batted .238/.355/.403 over 63 games this past season while catching the majority of Clayton Kershaw's starts. He gets a slight raise over the $4.25 million he made in 2015. Wed, Dec 2, 2015 12:59:00 PM

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A.J. Ellis is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Mets on Saturday.

Ellis got the start in Friday's opener but will take a seat in favor of Yasmani Grandal for Game 2. Grandal will hit seventh. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a single in Game 1.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 04:21:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo home run as the Dodgers beat the Giants on Tuesday.

Ellis hit the Dodgers' third solo home run of the game to boost the lead to 3-0 in the sixth inning against Madison Bumgarner. He tacked on an RBI single to push the lead to 8-0 in the eighth inning. Ellis has hit for more power in September, blasting three of his seven homers. Overall, he's batting .232/.346/.401 with 20 RBI in 211 plate appearances.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 01:09:00 AM

A.J. Ellis swatted his fifth home run of the season on Sunday as the Dodgers topped the Diamondbacks 4-3.

At the time, it didn't seem as though his solo blast in the eighth inning to extend the Dodgers lead to 4-0 would prove to be critical, but after Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the ninth it proved to be the difference. Ellis has struggled through an injury-plagued season, slashing just .231/.347/.374 with five homers and 15 RBI.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 07:59:00 PM

A.J. Ellis swatted a two-run home run in Wednesday's 7-4 victory over the Reds.

Ellis finished 1-for-3 with a walk. He drilled a two-run shot in the middle of the Dodgers' five-run fourth inning against starter David Holmberg. The catcher has started only nine games since being activated from the disabled list on August 5, but has performed well, batting .231/.429/.538 with two home runs in his most recent 26 at-bats.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 11:05:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 1-for-1 with four walks and a three-run home run as the Dodgers lost in 10 innings to the Athletics on Tuesday.

Ellis broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth inning with a three-run home run off of Fernando Rodriguez, but it wasn't a lead the Dodgers' bullpen could hold. The catcher is batting .217/.352/.349 with three home runs and 10 RBI this season. Ellis has battled hand and knee injuries this season, limiting his playing time.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 02:00:00 AM

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

Ellis has been out since July 19 with right knee inflammation. He'll continue to serve as Yasmani Grandal's backup.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 01:44:00 PM

A.J. Ellis (knee) caught a bullpen session on Monday.

Ellis should be ready to go early next week when his 15 days are up. Austin Barnes will continue to back up Yasmani Grandal in the meantime.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 10:28:00 AM

Dodgers placed C A.J. Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.

Ellis' knee actually starting bothering him Sunday night on the plane ride to Atlanta. An MRI showed no structural damage, so he'll probably be ready to go in a couple weeks. With Yasmani Grandal (jaw) also banged up, Austin Barnes is behind the dish Monday.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 04:56:00 PM

A.J. Ellis hit his first homer of the year in Wednesday's 5-0 triumph over the Phillies.

After the game, Ellis told reporters that teammates had been joking that he was sponsored by Coke Zero due to the futility. He added that he hoped to now get upgraded to Uno, a request we hereby officially endorse. Unfortunately, we cannot similarly cosign fantasy excitement in any format. Even after going 3-for-4 with the two-run dinger, Ellis is slashing only .215/.333/.304.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 01:20:00 AM

A.J. Ellis went 0-for-2 with a walk in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

Ellis hadn't played in nearly a week due to a bruised hand. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward and he will continue to catch Clayton Kershaw's starts regularly.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 08:41:00 AM

A.J. Ellis admitted that his hand is still swollen, but he hopes to be available off the bench to either hit or catch on Friday.

Ellis was able to hit off a tee before the game without issue. Yasmani Grandal is once again getting the start behind the dish with the veteran on the shelf. Look for Ellis to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 07:34:00 PM

A.J. Ellis (hand) is available off the bench Thursday.

Ellis got struck by a ricocheted pitch on Wednesday night and suffered a bruised hand, but he was able to throw before Thursday's matinee. Yasmani Grandal will start behind the plate with right-hander Mike Bolsinger on the bump. Ellis is the Dodgers' backup catcher, but he's expected to be fairly active this year.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 02:06:00 PM

A.J. Ellis said Thursday that he has the "typical soreness that you'd expect" in his right hand.

Ellis got hit in the hand by a ricocheted ball on Wednesday night and will sit out Thursday's series finale in San Francisco, but it sounds like the Dodgers' backup catcher might be available over the weekend. X-rays were taken and turned up negative.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 12:51:00 PM

A.J. Ellis told reporters that the X-rays taken on his right hand came back negative.

Ellis was plunked on a ricochet during Wednesday's game against the Giants, as teammate Chris Hatcher hit Justin Maxwell and the ball thunked back to Ellis, who took it from the mask to the right hand. When he attempted to throw the ball to Adrian Gonzalez while warming up, two throws sailed into right field and Ellis was pulled from the game. Ellis serves mainly as the Dodgers' backup catcher. Consider him day-to-day unless the Dodgers say otherwise.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 03:18:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Chase Utley
3Micah Johnson
4Charlie Culberson
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
2Alex Guerrero
LF1Andre Ethier
2Carl Crawford
3Trayce Thompson
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Scott Van Slyke
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Scott Kazmir
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Brett Anderson
5Kenta Maeda
6Alex Wood
7Brandon McCarthy
8Mike Bolsinger
9Brandon Beachy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Chris Hatcher
3J.P. Howell
4Pedro Baez
5Luis Avilan
6Yimi Garcia
7Adam Liberatore
8Carlos Frias
9Frankie Montas
10Ian Thomas
11Josh Ravin
12Joe Blanton