Updates from Monday, June 9
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times spoke to A.J. Ellis about his recovery from his ankle injury:
A.J. Ellis says he hopes to be activated this week, without a minor league rehab assignment. #Dodgers— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 9, 2014
The Los Angeles Dodgers were full of excitement on Sunday after Josh Beckett threw the season's first no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Unfortunately, that excitement quickly turned to disappointment.
According to a tweet from Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Monday, catcher A.J. Ellis suffered a devastating sprained ankle during the team's celebration:
Awful break for good guy A.J. Ellis, who severely sprained his ankle in the #Dodgers no-hitter celebration, and goes back on DL— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 26, 2014
Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register provided further details of the incident:
Ellis jumped up and landed on Drew Butera's discarded catcher's gear during the celebration, he said.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 26, 2014
Ellis returned to action on May 14 after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in April. However, his time back with the Dodgers was short-lived, as Ellis now heads back to the disabled list.
The catcher sounded rather deflated when talking about his status via Pedro Moura of the OC Register:
“It was a great day, and a great experience to be part of, but I quickly lost my thrill for what happened. I’m beyond frustrated, still kind of shocked, and ready to get back in the rhythm of things, whenever that might be.”
Mike Petriello of Fangraphs took the glass-half-full approach:
Okay, trying to look on the bright side: last time he was hurt, @Ajellis17 had time to fix Beckett. More free time to watch video!— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 26, 2014
Playing in 15 games this season, Ellis holds a .170 batting average with eight hits, two doubles, one RBI and three runs scored.
In Ellis' absence the Dodgers have called up Tim Federowicz, according to a tweet from Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
#Dodgers C AJ Ellis to DL with rt ankle sprain suffered during no-hit celebration scrum on field yesterday. Tim Federowicz recalled from AAA— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 26, 2014
Over 13 games this season with Los Angeles, Federowicz is batting .109 with five hits, two doubles, one RBI and one run scored.
This comes as an unfortunate blow to the 27-24 Dodgers, sitting 5.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
It remains to be seen how long Ellis will be on the DL, but it's a clear setback for a player who was already struggling to return to form at the plate. The Dodgers are chasing the best team in baseball, and they'll need a healthy Ellis soon to ensure they don't fall too far behind in the race for the NL West crown.