Wednesday, February 20, 2013
More rest for Ellis
By Doug Mittler
A.J. Ellis started 128 games behind the plate for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, and the daily grind took its toll.
Ellis faded down the stretch, batting .218 in September and October, and he needed surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee after the season. Ellis remains the primary catcher, but manager Don Mattingly plans to cut back on his workload, reports J.P. Hoornstra.
At this stage, that could mean more playing time for Tim Federowicz, who has all of 16 at-bats over the last two seasons. The Dodgers did not re-sign backup catcher Matt Treanor, who played 36 games last season, so they could be on the lookout for an experienced backstop.