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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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A.J. Ellis (knee) took a few swings in the batting cage on Sunday.
Ellis, who is less than a week removed from surgery to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee, also played catch on Friday. He's expected back sometime next month. Apr 13 - 2:20 PM

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Dodgers placed C A.J. Ellis on the 15-day disabled list.

Ellis had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Tim Federowicz was recalled from Triple-A.
Apr 8 - 5:46 PM

A.J. Ellis underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to clean up the medial meniscus of his left knee and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Ellis suffered the injury Saturday while running the bases. He'll begin his rehab Wednesday, but the Dodgers will have to make do without him until early-to-mid May. Drew Butera is his current backup, but the Dodgers figure to call up Miguel Olivo or Tim Federowicz to help fill in.
Apr 8 - 2:15 PM

A.J. Ellis will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee.

The news comes out of nowhere, as Ellis had no known knee issue. The Dodgers expect the backstop to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks following the procedure. Drew Butera is the Dodgers' current backup, and the club has Miguel Olivo and Tim Federowicz at Triple-A.
Apr 7 - 10:07 PM

A.J. Ellis is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

It's just a routine day of rest. Drew Butera is catching Zack Greinke.
Apr 6 - 3:58 PM

A.J. Ellis was sent home early from Dodgers camp on Thursday due to a case of the flu.

Ellis should be recovered within a couple of days. He will start at catcher this season for Los Angeles.
Feb 27 - 12:03 PM

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis announced Saturday that he dropped 15 pounds over the offseason

Ellis, like countless other Major League players at this time of the winter, claims he is in the best shape of his life. He enters the 2014 season as the Dodgers primary backstop, and should be considered a lower-end option in two-catcher mixed leagues.
Feb 8 - 1:11 PM

Dodgers and C A.J. Ellis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.55 million contract.

It's a nice raise for the veteran backstop who earned $2 million in 2013. He can also earn an additional $50,000 each for reaching 100/115 starts and also for 450 plate appearances. He'll once again serve as the Dodgers primary catcher in 2014.
Feb 1 - 11:31 AM

A.J. Ellis requested $4.6 million and was offered $3 million from the Dodgers when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The two sides will likely settle someplace in the middle around $3.65 million, which would still represent a nice raise for Ellis who earned $2 million in 2013. He has developed into a decent enough catcher to be used in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues, smashing 23 homers and plating 104 runs over the past two seasons.
Jan 17 - 10:25 PM

X-rays turned up negative on A.J. Ellis' left elbow.

Ellis was struck by a pitch in the eighth inning of Sunday night's NLDS Game 3 win, but he went back out to catch the ninth and should be fine for Game 4. Tim Federowicz is the Dodgers' backup catcher this postseason.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 09:18:00 AM

A.J. Ellis is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.

He's sitting with the day game after the night game. Tim Federowicz will start behind the plate.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 12:54:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Ellis's homers and walk rate are down from 2012, but he's still putting up slightly above average numbers for a catcher. He's batting .260 with six homers and 38 RBI in 277 at-bats.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 11:42:00 PM

A.J. Ellis had his first career four-hit and five-RBI game in the Dodgers' 14-5 rout of the Blue Jays on Monday.

It was also the first time he's scored three runs. Ellis hit a two-run homer off Josh Johnson, his fifth of the season. He's driven in 14 runs in July after totaling 18 RBI the first three months.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 11:09:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's win against the Giants.

Ellis hit a go-ahead three-run double in the ninth inning and continues to come through in clutch situations for the Dodgers. After missing a large part of June on the disabled list, he's batting .500 (8-for-16) in seven games this month.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 07:27:00 PM

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

Ellis missed the minimum amount of time with an oblique strain. He's in the lineup Friday, catching and batting seventh.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 03:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Ellis
2Tim Federowicz
3Drew Butera
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Dee Gordon
2Justin Turner
SS1Hanley Ramirez
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Scott Van Slyke
3Chone Figgins
CF1Matt Kemp
2Andre Ethier
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Dan Haren
5Josh Beckett
6Paul Maholm
7Chad Billingsley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Brian Wilson
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Perez
5Chris Withrow
6Jamey Wright
7Brandon League
8Scott Elbert
9Onelki Garcia