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A.J. Ellis | Catcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/9/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Aug 26 - 11:05 PM

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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.
Aug 19 - 2:00 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.
Aug 4 - 1:44 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.
Jul 29 - 10:28 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.
Jul 20 - 4:56 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.
Jul 9 - 1:20 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.
Apr 29 - 8:41 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.
Apr 24 - 7:34 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.
Apr 23 - 2:06 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.
Apr 23 - 12:51 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.
Apr 23 - 3:18 AM

A.J. Ellis is starting at catcher for the Dodgers in Monday's season-opener versus the Padres.

Yasmani Grandal is expected to get the majority of the playing time behind the plate this season for Los Angeles, but Ellis gets the Opening Day nod with Clayton Kershaw on the bump. The full lineup for the Dodgers: Jimmy Rollins SS, Yasiel Puig RF, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Howie Kendrick 2B, Carl Crawford LF, Juan Uribe 3B, Joc Pederson CF, A.J. Ellis C, Clayton Kershaw SP.
Apr 6 - 12:07 PM

A.J. Ellis swatted a three-run homer on Friday, powering the Dodgers to a 10-1 victory over the Brewers in Cactus League action.

The veteran backstop also drew a walk in the contest, finishing the day 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored. With the addition of Yasmani Grandal, Ellis will function in a backup role for the Dodgers this season which saps him of his already minimal fantasy value.
Mar 6 - 9:41 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Chase Utley
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Justin Turner
2Alex Guerrero
LF1Andre Ethier
2Carl Crawford
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Brett Anderson
4Alex Wood
5Mat Latos
6Hyun-Jin Ryu
7Brandon McCarthy
8Bronson Arroyo
9Carlos Frias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Hatcher
5Pedro Baez
6Luis Avilan
7Juan Nicasio
8Jim Johnson
9Yimi Garcia