A.J. Ellis Sits With Left Knee Inflammation

Left knee inflammation has sidelined A.J. Ellis for a second straight day.

For the first time this season, catcher A.J. Ellis is out of the starting lineup for two consecutive games. Ellis will sit on Saturday against the Mets with inflammation in his left knee, though as Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times noted Ellis had an MRI exam that came back clean, and Ellis expects to return to the lineup on Sunday.

Ellis will have started 73 of the Dodgers' 95 games this season, including today's non-start. Matt Treanor gets the call on Saturday, just the second time all season he has started twice in the same series. Treanor also started June 5 and June 7 in Philadelphia, a series that saw Ellis briefly sidelined after getting hit on the knee with a pitch.

Treanor is in an 0-for-23 slump.

In other injury news, the Mets placed Friday starter Johan Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain, the latest in what seems like a long list of opposing starters this season who have ended up on the shelf after facing the Dodgers.

Starting Lineups

Dodgers
Mets
LF Abreu SS Tejada
2B Kennedy CF Torres
CF Kemp 3B Wright
RF Ethier RF Hairston
1B Loney LF Bay
3B Uribe 1B Davis
SS Cruz 2B Cedeno
C Treanor C Nickeas
P Capuano P Batista

Game Time: 10:10 a.m.

TV: KCAL

MLB Gameday

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