Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis has been making considerable progress after having knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus a little over two weeks ago. After being extremely mobile just 10 days after his procedure, the 33-year-old was behind the plate for Clayton Kershaw’s simulated game on Sunday. All signs are pointing to a speedy recovery.
Most recently, it has been reported that Ellis has been taking batting practice regularly and is running on the same anti-gravity treadmill that Matt Kemp used during his recovery from ankle surgery. Although the original four to six week timetable has not been condensed yet, Don Mattingly is hopeful that Ellis’ return date could be sooner rather than later.
The Dodgers could benefit from the return of their usual starting catcher seeing as both backup catchers have been practically ineffective at the plate. Aside from the lack of offensive production from Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera, Federowicz, who has taken over the majority of the games behind the plate, has been called for multiple catchers’ interference. Ellis’ leadership and consistency will be warmly welcomed once he is fully recovered from his surgery.
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