Updates from Saturday, May 10
Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register provides an update on AJ Ellis' recovery:
Updates from Monday, April 28
Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times provides a statement from A.J. Ellis discussing his injury status:
Ellis had a cleanup procedure on the knee April 8 and was expected to be out four to six weeks. He appears ahead of schedule and is already doing all baseball activities. Running is his final obstacle.
“I think we all feel pretty confident that’s the last step and once we get through a pain-free, comfortable zone running, a rehab assignment should follow quickly,” Ellis said.
Ellis started running lightly again over the weekend, and the knee let him know it’s not fully healed.
“There’s still a little bit of irritation there running only,” he said. “Baseball stuff feels great -- hitting, throwing, catching. Keep getting treatment and hopefully get this irritation, inflammation cleaned out.”
Updates from Sunday, April 20
Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com confirms A.J. Ellis is participating in catch with Clayton Kershaw today:
Clayton Kershaw, preparing for today's simulated game, long-tossing with A.J. Ellis.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 20, 2014
12 days after knee surgery, A.J. Ellis is catching in full gear. Well ahead of that 4-6 week estimated rehab.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 20, 2014
Ellis talked about his participation in Kershaw's simulated game and his progress (via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register):
A.J. Ellis said he can do just about all but run. Hopes to do that early next week, then go soon on what he hopes will be 2-3 game rehab.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 20, 2014
AJ Ellis "lobbied my way" into catching Kershaw's warmup then sim game. Knee healing ahead of schedule. #Dodgers— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 20, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
The Dodgers released a statement on AJ Ellis' injury and recovery:
The team also confirmed who was taking his place on the 25-man roster:
The injury bug has found its way into the Dodgers locker room, and catcher A.J. Ellis is the latest victim.
Ellis played just seven games in the 2014 season before going down with a meniscus tear in his left knee. The team announced he'll have arthroscopic surgery:
#Dodgers catcher AJ Ellis is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for a meniscus tear tomorrow morning in Los Angeles.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 8, 2014
Because he needs surgery, Ellis could be out for a while, per Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register:
Time Dodgers C A.J. Ellis misses after surgery tomorrow will depend on severity of meniscus tear, but unlikely he'll be out less than month.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) April 8, 2014
The pickings are pretty slim for the Dodgers in terms of possible replacements.
Drew Butera got the start for L.A. on Sunday night against the San Francisco Giants, going hitless in three at bats. The 30-year-old is a career .180 hitter.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times hypothesized that Tim Federowicz could be called up to back up Butera:
They have Tim Federowicz at AAA. RT @Audel_DelToro Do the Dodgers bring up Miguel Olivo? Or trade for a Catcher?— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 8, 2014
Federowicz appeared in 56 games for Los Angeles last year, hitting .227 with four home runs and 16 RBI.