Dodgers Activate Dioner Navarro, Option A.J. Ellis To Triple A

TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Dioner Navarro #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets ready to throw the ball to first base during a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 26, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

In a move that has been foretold since December 14, the day Dioner Navarro was signed, the Dodgers have decided that Navarro is their backup catcher. Navarro, who began the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique, has been activated for tonight's game, the opener of a three-game series in Miami against the Marlins. Navarro had two hits and three walks in five games with Double A Chattanooga on a rehab assignment.

To make room for Navarro, A.J. Ellis was optioned to Triple A Albuquerque.

Lineups

Juan Uribe, who missed two games in Chicago with tightness in his left thigh, is out of the lineup again tonight. That, coupled with Casey Blake getting a day off for the first time in eight days, means that Ivan DeJesus gets a rare start. DeJesus, who started two games against the Giants in the first weekend of the season, had not yet started during his second stint with the club, which began on April 12. DeJesus hasn't even batted during a game since one week ago tonight.

Marlins   Dodgers
CF Coghlan
3B Miles
2B Infante
SS Carroll
1B Sanchez
RF Ethier
RF Stanton
CF Kemp
3B Dobbs
LF Sands
C Buck
1B Loney
LF Bonifacio
C Barajas
SS Murphy
2B
DeJesus
P
Nolasco            

P Garland             

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Game Time: 4:10 p.m.

TV: KCAL

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