A.J. Ellis has had a rough 2014, but he received a bit of good news today as the Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated their starting catcher after a stint on the DL. In order to make room for Ellis, the club optioned Tim Federowicz back to its Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Ellis is returning from a right ankle sprain, which he injured while celebrating Josh Beckett’s no-hitter earlier in the season. Ellis turned his ankle on Drew Butera’s catcher’s mask, as he had thrown it off after receiving the final out of the game.
With the Dodgers facing the Arizona Diamondbacks at home this evening, Ellis will get the start behind the plate. He has struggled this season, though in fairness to him much of that is due to the fact that he was coming off of arthroscopic knee surgery earlier in the year. To date, Ellis has posted a slash line of .170/.350/.213 in just 15 games.
Federowicz had not been faring well either. In his 18 games with the big league club, he had slashed .131/.169/.230, though he will be remembered for hitting a clutch three-run, game-tying homer in a game the Dodgers ultimately lost.
Production from the catching position has been an issue for the Dodgers this season, though a lot of that is due to Ellis’ injuries and the lack of organizational depth that the team suffers from. Drew Butera, Ellis’ backup, has posted a slash line of .216/.287/.324, though he has also contributed some innings of mop-up relief duty as well.
With the return of Ellis, the Dodgers have to be hoping that not only is their starting catcher able to stay healthy, but that he is also able to provide the team with some very much-needed offensive production.
A little bit of leadership probably would not hurt either.Tags: A.J. Ellis, Baseball, Drew Butera, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Tim Federowicz