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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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

Depth Charts

C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Alberto Callaspo
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Justin Turner
2Alex Guerrero
LF1Andre Ethier
2Carl Crawford
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Brett Anderson
4Mike Bolsinger
5Carlos Frias
6Brandon Beachy
7Brandon McCarthy
8Hyun-Jin Ryu
Relief Pitcher
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Yimi Garcia
5Pedro Baez
6Paco Rodriguez
7Chris Hatcher
8Adam Liberatore
9Brandon League
10Juan Nicasio