“I’m doing all my regular baseball activities.” “It looks like a
normal January for me.”
These were the words of Dodger catcher A.J. Ellis according to Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times.
Ellis, 31, established himself as Los Angeles' starting catcher last
season. Ellis led all National League catchers in double plays turned,
while finishing second in assists and runners caught stealing. However, immediately
after the season ended, he underwent surgery to clean up tears in the medial
and lateral meniscus' in his left knee, a problem that hadn't been disclosed
during the season.
Following his October 5 procedure, the Dodgers were able
to arrange for Ellis to rehab the knee close to his Franklin, Wisconsin
home, under the watch of Milwaukee Brewers' physical therapist Mark
“He was just terrific,” Ellis said. “This was the first time I ever
had major surgery, particularly being on my lower half. Everything has gone
great. It’s a big relief.”
The 6'3", 215 lb Ellis has already begun to participate in catching drills and blocking balls in the dirt.
Ellis appeared in 133 games last season, surprisingly leading the team
in on-base percentage (.373). This is the first spring he will go to camp with
not only a job secured, but a starting one at that.
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