Dodgers catcher AJ Ellis has left knee surgery

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm •  Published: April 8, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday and is expected to be out four to six weeks.

Ellis had a 20-minute operation performed by Dodgers physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache to repair the medial meniscus in his knee. Ellis is expected to rejoin his teammates on Wednesday and begin rehabilitation.

The club recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque and started him against Detroit's Max Scherzer in the opener of a two-game interleague series. Drew Butera was Federowicz's backup.

"A.J. is the kind of guy that from a preparation standpoint has been what we've asked — to know what he's doing when he puts the fingers down, to know why, to understand our pitchers and all the matchups and everything else," manager Don Mattingly said.

"We ask a lot of our catchers, and A.J. has bought into that. So we're going to miss that, no question. But he's going to be back here tomorrow, and he's the kind of guy that will be doing everything to help Fed and Drew out and still be a part of what we're doing.

Ellis injured his left knee Saturday while rounding third base and trying to score from second on a single by Andre Ethier. Ellis underwent the same procedure on his left knee following the 2012 season.

"I know he felt a misstep the other day and kind of felt it right then. And it was really sore after that," Mattingly said.