Now Commenting On:

{"content":["injury" ] }

Catcher Ellis undergoes clean-up procedure on knee

Catcher Ellis undergoes clean-up procedure on knee

Catcher Ellis undergoes clean-up procedure on knee
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced that catcher A.J. Ellis underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Friday and is expected to be "fully competitive at the start of Spring Training."

According to the Dodgers, Ellis had a 30-minute clean-up procedure to debride tears to the medial and lateral cartilage. He will begin physical therapy next week and begin baseball activities in six weeks.

"A little clean-up," Ellis said via text message. "I'll be fine."

The previously unreported injury might help explain Ellis' 0-for-30 slump in September.

This was Ellis' first full season with the Dodgers, and he was one of the more pleasant surprises, establishing himself as an everyday starter by hitting .270 with 13 home runs (more than in any of his Minor League seasons) and 50 RBIs while playing in 133 games.

The 31-year-old caught 131 games and threw out 28 potential base stealers, fourth in MLB in both categories. As he has throughout the year, Ellis showed a keen eye at the plate and led the team with a .373 on-base percentage.

More importantly, he won over management with his work ethic and ability to adhere to the pitching game plan, as the Dodgers' staff finished with a 3.34 ERA.

Ellis is the 11th Dodger to undergo surgery this year. Among those is Matt Kemp, who underwent left shoulder surgery on Friday and will be sidelined for three months.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["injury" ] }
{"content":["injury" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español