AJ Ellis Injury: Updates on Dodgers Catcher's Ankle and Return

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 26, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Monday, June 9

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times spoke to A.J. Ellis about his recovery from his ankle injury:

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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:

Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register provided further details of the incident:

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: 

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:

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.