The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to be without A.J. Ellis for 4-6 weeks and aside from losing their starting catcher, they’ve also lost a key leader. Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt has previously praised Ellis for his work ethic and ability to manage the pitching staff, and the coach gave the catcher more recognition on Monday.

Honeycutt stated when Ellis is behind the plate, the catcher often calls the majority of the pitches. Honeycutt further went on to call Ellis an extension of himself and credited the 33-year-old catcher for establishing trust with Dodger pitchers. While Ellis is out of the lineup until May at the earliest, he returned to Dodger Stadium one day after his surgery to participate in catchers’ meetings.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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