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17 A.J. Ellis C
Height/Weight: 6-2/218 | Birthdate: 4/9/1981 | Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, MO | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: Austin Peay State | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Dodgers C A.J. Ellis not worried about hand issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Dodgers backup catcher A.J. Ellis, who sustained a minor hand injury Wednesday after it was struck by a foul ball, is feeling no more than typical soreness and is not concerned, the team is reporting. He will be available off the bench Thursday in San Francisco.

Ellis caught a break when x-rays on the throwing hand came back negative.


X-rays come back negative for Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis told reporters that X-rays came back negative following Wednesday's game against the Giants, per the Los Angeles Times. Ellis was hit on the back of his throwing hand in the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss to San Francisco. He finished the game 1 for 4 and is hitting .167 (3 for 18) on the year.

Los Angeles will finish a three-game series at San Francisco on Thursday.


Dodgers' A.J. Ellis hit on hand, leaves game Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was hit on the back of his throwing hand in the ninth inning Wednesday and had to exit the game, the Orange County Register reports.

A pitch from Chris Hatcher hit the batter before making contact with Ellis's mask then ricocheting off the back of his hand. He tried to throw the ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez but was unable to get anything on the throw. The catcher went 1 for 4 in the game and has hit .167/.211/.222 in 18 at-bats.


Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis in the starting lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is in the starting lineup and batting eighth Wednesday against the Giants, pushing Yasmani Grandal to the bench.

Ellis will make just his fifth start of the year and is hitting .143 with a double in 14 at-bats this season. 


Dodgers' Puig, Crawford, Grandal, Uribe out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, left fielder Carl Crawford, catcher Yasmani Grandal and third baseman Juan Uribe are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rockies.

Puig was able to return from a tight hamstring Saturday and go 2 for 3 with a walk, but manager Don Mattingly said that the outfielder had a noticeable limp while playing nine innings. Crawford is out of the lineup for the second straight day due to illness. Uribe and Grandal are sitting for the first time in four games.

With several starters sidelined, Justin Turner will bat second and play third base, Andre Ethier will bat fifth and start in right field, Scott Van Slyke will start in left field and bat sixth and A.J. Ellis will start behind the plate and bat eighth against Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler.

Despite the multiple absences, the Dodgers are heavy favorites (-165) Sunday.


Pitch framing has Dodgers aces, catcher A.J. Ellis talking


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The new emphasis on pitch framing as a possible valuable skill for catchers has spurred debate among players at that position, as well as the pitchers who throw to them.

Among those who have entered into the conversation is Dodgers standout right-hander Zack Greinke, who is known as a sophisticated analysist, but is not convinced that pitch framing is a skill set that can make or break a catcher.

"I believe that some catchers are better at framing pitches," Greinke told the Orange County Register. "But I'm not a believer that it's as valuable as it's being made out to be. It's part of a catcher's skill set. It's not the most important part. Just because he frames good doesn't mean he's a good catcher."

Teammate and stud southpaw Clayton Kershaw takes a similar view.

"You just want strikes called strikes. ... I gues I'm in the middle," he offered. "I don't roll my eyes at it and I don't pay a whole lot of attention to it either."

Their catcher, A.J. Ellis, also didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it at one time. But he does now. Metrics that showed him lacking as a pitch framer, as well as the wave of the future, forced him to change his outlook.

"I was motivated by the realization that that aspect of catching was becoming highly valued by this new wave of analytical front-office types," said Ellis, who spent time in the offseason working on framing pitches. "And I know that deficiency in the long run could affect my future employment."

Ellis added that "every metric out there tells me that I'm very deficient in that area" and that the Dodgers front office personnel advised him of their awareness of it during spring training.

One must wonder what umpires think about the new pitch framing metric. After all, they believe they're calling a strike based on the zone rather than how a catcher frames the pitch.


Dodgers' Juan Uribe, Justin Turner remain out of lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Dodgers infielders Juan Uribe (hamstring) and Justin Turner (finger) are not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Mariners.

With both players still dealing with injury, Alex Guerrero, who went 3 for 5 with one home run and four RBI Sunday, will get another start at third base and bat sixth against Mariners lefty James Paxton.

The Dodgers are also keeping shortstop Jimmy Rollins, catcher Yasmani Grandal and left fielder Carl Crawford out of the starting lineup Monday. Darwin Barney will play shortstop and bat leadoff, Scott Van Slyke will man left field and bat fifth and A.J. Ellis will be behind the plate and bat eighth.


A.J. Ellis gets the start in opener with Clayton Kershaw pitching


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis drew the start in Monday's season opener against the Padres over catcher Yasmani Grandal with ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound. Ellis could end up as Kershaw's personal catcher since the duo have had good success in the past.

Dodgers unsure how Grandal, Ellis will split time


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Dodgers aren't sure how they'll platoon their two catchers, according to the Orange County Register.

A.J. Ellis has been the team's primary option the past few seasons, but the club brought in Yasmani Grandal during the offseason. While Grandal has a much higher offensive upside, it's unclear how much he'll play once the regular season begins. 

"There’s nothing going to come out of this camp where we’re going to say, ‘OK, this guy is going to start 72 percent of the time’" general manager Andrew Friedman said. "It’s going to be much more about Donnie (Mattingly) writing the lineup each and every day for what gives us the best chance to win that day."

Mattingly admitted that Grandal has "tremendous upside offensively," so it's possible he could lead that way more often. While Mattingly has indicated that he doesn't want to assign any personal catchers yet, there's a sense Ellis could be used when Clayton Kershaw is on the mound. 

Grandal hit .225/.327/.401 over 377 at-bats last year. Ellis hit .191/.323/.254 over 283 at-bats. 


Padres' Yasmani Grandal willing to lose playing time to help team


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) New Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said Monday he is willing to allow time to be split between he and A.J. Ellis if it means the team wins more this season.

"A.J. couldn't put it any better: He said, 'Whatever it takes to win,'" Grandal said. "If that day, A.J. is the man for the job behind the plate and we are going to get a win with A.J. behind the plate, that's going to be him. At the end of the day, if we get a ring, that's going to be a team win and we all have rings. Twenty years from now, I get to show that ring off and say, 'Hey, I won a World Series.'"

Grandal, who hit .225 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI for the Padres in 2014, was traded to Los Angeles in the offseason in exchange for Matt Kemp among other players.

"I think both teams got what they wanted," Grandal said. "The Dodgers were looking for a catcher. The Padres were looking for a big-time bat. That's what Kemp brought to the table and that's what I brought to the table."


Dodgers' Mattingly on catcher situation: 'We'll work it out'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he hasn't given much thought yet to how he is going to divide up playing time between catchers Yasmani Grandal and A.J. Ellis, per the Los Angeles Times.

Ellis, who started a team-high 89 games at catcher in 2014, has been the team's primary catcher since 2012. Grandal is in his first season with Los Angeles following an offseason trade with San Diego.

“Just knowing that Yasmani was a guy that at the end of the year, we didn’t really like being up there with men in scoring position. He’s got a big upside offensively we think, and really comfortable with him behind the plate," Mattingly said Wednesday. “What makes that easier for me is dealing with A.J. Talking to A.J. [Tuesday], knowing that could be a little bit of a sticky situation, his first response was, 'I just want to win.' That’ll work itself out.”

Mattingly added he is not looking to match up his catchers with certain starting pitchers.

“I’m not really comfortable any time we talk about just one guy catching that certain pitcher every time because that it really gets you caught in the middle,” Mattingly said. “I can’t say that I really favor that. The catching situation, we’ll work it out.”


Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis gets one-year, $4.25 million deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) The Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million contract with catcher A.J. Ellis, avoiding arbitration, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Ellis, who is expected to play a backup role to Yasmani Grandal in 2015, has averaged 114 games over the last three seasons for the Dodgers. He struggled in 2014, batting just .191 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 93 games.


Ellis, Jansen, Gordon among Dodgers tendered players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Dodgers tendered contracts for all eight arbitration-eligible players, including agreeing to a one-year deal for Darwin Barney prior to Tuesday's midnight deadline, per the team's official website. Those players include: Catcher A.J. Ellis, closer Kenley Jansen, infielder Dee Gordon, third baseman Justin Turner, catcher Drew Butera, pitcher Juan Nicascio and newly-acquired outfielder Chris Heisey.

Dodgers might keep A.J. Ellis as backup catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Dodgers are looking to upgrade at catcher, but need to keep A.J. Ellis since ace Clayton Kershaw likes having the veteran catcher on the roster, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Dodgers could keep Ellis as a backup catcher.

Dodgers aren't sure if they will tender offer to catcher A.J. Ellis


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi didn't say Tuesday if he would tender a contract offer to catcher A.J. Ellis, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, he said he values Ellis' leadership and rapport with the team's pitchers.

Ellis is arbitration eligible this offseason. He isn't scheduled to become a free agent until after the 2016 season, but would become a free agent if the Dodgers don't tender him an offer.


Dodgers' A.J. Ellis collects four hits Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis picked up four hits Friday against the Cardinals.

Ellis singled in his first two at-bats, but saved his best showing for his third time up. With a man on base, Ellis clobbered a 90 mph sinker out to left for the two-run shot. Ellis would add another single in the ninth inning. He finished 4 for 5, with three runs scored and two RBI. 


A.J. Ellis adds a pinch of power Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis added a pinch of power Friday afternoon against the Cubs, homering twice and plating four runs in a 14-5 victory.

Ellis launched a two-run home run in the opening frame off Eric Jokisch. With two outs in the third inning, Ellis took Jokisch deep again for a two-run shot. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk, three runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .193 with three homers and 23 RBI over 264 at-bats.

A.J. Ellis back in action Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis returned to the starting lineup and is batting eighth Monday night at home against the Angels. Ellis missed two games with a knee injury. He is hitting .132/.214/.184 over 38 at-bats since the All-Star break.

A.J. Ellis sidelined again Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis missed a second straight start Sunday against the Cubs due to a knee injury. Drew Butera started in his absence again.

A.J. Ellis likely out 'a day or two' with knee injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was not in the lineup Saturday against the Cubs and is expected to miss at least "a day or two" because of a knee injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ellis was taken out of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning on Friday, likely due to the ailment. Since the All-Star break, the 33-year-old is slashing .132/.214/.184 over 38 at-bats.

Dodgers activate A.J. Ellis from DL, option Tim Federowicz to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) As expected, the Dodgers have reinstated catcher A.J. Ellis from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Tim Federowicz to Triple-A Albuquerque, the team announced prior to Friday's game against Arizona.

A.J. Ellis ready to return from DL on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) The Dodgers are set to activate catcher A.J. Ellis from the disabled list Friday, the Los Angeles Times has reported.

Ellis, who has not required a rehab assignment, is coming off an ankle injury. Two trips to the DL this season have limited him to 47 at-bats.


A.J. Ellis could be activated at any time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is on the verge of coming off the disabled list, and manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that could happen any day now.

Mattingly told the Los Angeled Times Ellis' sprained ankle has recovered enough that he can be activated at any time, though the final call will be made by trainer Stan Conte. 


A.J. Ellis hopes to come off DL this week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (ankle) said he hopes to be activated off the 15-day disabled list this week and without needing a minor-league rehab assignment, per the Los Angeles Times.

A.J. Ellis unlikely to return when first eligible


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis continues to improve but is unlikely to be activated from the disabled list Sunday when first eligible, MLB.com reports.

Ellis was placed on the disabled list with a sprained ankle near the end of May. He has hit .170/.387/.261 with one RBI in 47 at-bats.