With A.J. Ellis on the disabled list following a sprained ankle that was sustained during the Josh Beckett no-hitter celebration and Miguel Olivo released following an ear-biting incident in Triple-A, the Los Angeles Dodgers were left without much depth at the backstop position.
According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Dodgers made a move to alleviate some of that stress by acquiring a catcher on Wednesday:
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) May 28, 2014
Cotillo also reported that Monell will report to Triple-A Albuquerque and the Orioles will receive future compensation. The 28-year-old has spent the 2014 season with Triple-A Norfolk and is hitting .209 with a home run and seven RBIs in 30 games. He spent some time in the big leagues last year with the San Francisco Giants. Monell had one hit in eight games for the NL West rivals last season. He spent his entire career in the Giants’ organization since being drafted in 2007 before being traded for cash by the Orioles back in November.
He will join the Isotopes, who lost their two catchers in the span of a week with Olivo’s incident and Tim Federowicz’s promotion following Ellis’ injury. He will join Griff Erickson and John Cannon on their roster.
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