Latest Update A.J. Ellis (knee) unlikely to play Friday Fri Aug, 01, 01:56 AM
Athletic, he's an excellent defensive backstop. Is extremely patient as a hitter and has the tools to post an excellent on-base percentage, a good batting average and solid RBI totals.
Flaws: : For a big guy (6-3, 220 pounds), he doesn't display that much power at the plate. Needs to put it all together as a hitter at the big-league level, since he lacks consistency.
Ellis said he is uncertain if he can play on Friday. If he has to sit out then Drew Butera would likely get the start.Analyst: Michael Pichan
The Dodgers optioned catcher Tim Federowicz to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Ellis who was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. Be sure to check our MLB Lineups page a little closer to the Dodgers 10:10 pm ET scheduled start to see if the NL version of Tigers catcher Alex Avila in A.J. Ellis is in LA's starting lineup for their home matchup against their divisional foes, the Arizona Diamondbacks.Analyst: Michael Pichan
It would appear that Ellis' ankle has healed enough to allow him to skip a rehab assignment here so he should be back in the Dodgers lineup for Friday's game. Considering the talent level of tandem of Drew Butera and Tim Federowicz serving as the primary these past two weeks, you can expect Ellis to be playing close to every day upon his return.Analyst: Howard Bender
Ellis stepped on a catcher's mask while celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter. The 33-year old backstop has appeared in just 15 games this season. He's relevant in Only-leagues, especially those that use OBP instead of AVG. Analyst: Spencer Silva