A.J. Ellis took over catching full-time for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2012 season and posted back-to-back seasons with over 100 games played. Despite the increase in playing time, Ellis largely avoided the disabled list, landing on it briefly for the first time in 2013. Ellis’ ability to stay off the DL is a testament to the work he puts in to handle the rigors of being an MLB catcher. Unfortunately for Ellis, his good fortune with health came to an end and he’s spending his 33rd birthday on the disabled list as he recovers from surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. The Dodgers announced Ellis should miss 4-6 weeks.
Ellis’ offensive stats were down in 2013, when compared to 2012’s numbers, but his preparation and command of the pitching staff were still present. The Dodgers finished with the best ERA in all of baseball and Ellis threw out 44 percent of base runners last season. Dodgers’ pitching coach Rick Honeycutt discussed Ellis’ work ethic on multiple occasions last season and it’s also a sentiment that is echoed from his teammates. Ellis is expected to make a full recovery and should find himself in the familiar setting behind the plate by June.
By no means is an injury anything to celebrate, but it may wind up being a blessing in disguise as Ellis could potentially be free of the weary legs that often affect catchers in the latter stages of the season.
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