LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas left Saturday night's 7-0 loss to the Astros with what manager Don Mattingly said was a "significant" right ankle sprain and is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
Barajas' injury would be the 19th disabling injury the Dodgers have suffered this year.
The injury occurred while Barajas was chasing a Mike MacDougal wild pitch in the fifth inning. Shortly afterward, Triple-A Albuquerque catcher A.J. Ellis was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the Isotopes' game with Iowa, and he is expected to be called up. He is hitting .307.
Barajas went for X-rays during the game.
He turned his ankle as he went into a slide while approaching the pitch that bounced about 20 feet away from the plate near the visitors' on-deck circle while Jason Bourgeois scored from third base.
Barajas was briefly unable to move and had to flip the ball back to MacDougal, then fell over backward.
He was attended to by team trainer Stan Conte and almost immediately limped into the dugout. He was replaced by Dioner Navarro.