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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: 7 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 6/3 | Average Draft Position: 449.00
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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.


A.J. Ellis lands on 15-day DL with ankle sprain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain prior to Monday's game against Cincinnati.

Ellis last appeared on Saturday and injured his ankle while celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter on Sunday. He received only 23 at-bats since returning from knee surgery on May 14. He owns a .170/.387/.261 slash line in 15 games.

Josh Beckett surging thanks to A.J. Ellis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett's hot start is all due to catcher A.J. Ellis, according to the Orange County Register

After Ellis had knee surgery, he put together a packet on Beckett's pitch selection. Ellis told Beckett hitters had a tough time hitting his curve, and that Beckett should utilize the pitch more often. "[Ellis] had clearly already been thinking about this," Beckett said. "And he finally goes, 'People just don’t hit your curveball.'"

Sure enough, Beckett's curveball usage has jumped considerably this season. After throwing the pitch 19.75 percent of the time last season, Beckett is using his curve just over 30 percent of the time in 2014. It's been a big reason he's posted a 2.38 ERA over seven starts. 

Ellis explained the Beckett is making hitters re-think their strategy this year. "Hitting coaches now have to go back in and re-work their game plans," Ellis said. "Because this is not the same guy that they faced before his injury and his first start this year. Josh is re-writing the formula."


A.J. Ellis activated and started Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was activated from the 15-day disabled list and is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, after recovering from knee surgery.

Ellis has not played since early April. He was hitting .167 in 24 at-bats prior to his injury.


Miguel Olivo likely to be optioned when A.J. Ellis is ready


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was with the team Tuesday, but did not come off the disabled list prior to the team's game against the Marlins.

Ellis returned from a minor-league rehab assignment fully cleared to play following knee surgery, but it is not clear when he will be activated. According to MLB.com, it could come as early as Wednesday, which will likely lead to Miguel Olivo being optioned to Triple-A Albuqurque to clear a roster spot. 


A.J. Ellis set for evaluation Tuesday in Los Angeles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be reevaluated by the team's medical staff in Los Angeles Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ellis caught nine innings in a rehab game Sunday and is slated to be behind the plate again Monday as he works his way back from knee surgery. He's 4 for 24 in seven games this season.


A.J. Ellis begins rehab work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis caught nine innings of Sunday's minor-league rehab game for Triple-A Albuquerque. He finished 1 for 2 with a walk in his first game action for the Isotopes.

A.J. Ellis to begin rehab assignment Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will start a rehab assignment Sunday, according to MLB.com.

Ellis is coming back from knee surgery. He's been rehabbing in extended spring training, and is expected to play Sunday and Monday at Double-A. Ellis played in just seven games this year due to the injury.


A.J. Ellis getting closer to minor-league rehab assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is getting closer to a minor-league rehab stint, SB Nation reports.

Ellis caught seven inning in an extended spring training game in Arizona on Friday and is expected to serve as a designated hitter on Saturday. Ellis, who is working his way back from knee surgery, could start his assignment at some point next week.