LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, less than two weeks after returning from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, is back on the 15-day disabled list. The team placed Ellis on the DL this time with a sprained right ankle, suffered during one of the worst possible circumstances.
He stepped on Drew's catchers mask celebrating Beckett's no hitter on the field— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 26, 2014
Ellis jumped up and landed on Drew Butera's discarded catcher's gear during the celebration, he said.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 26, 2014
Ellis, who missed 34 games after knee surgery, said he "severely" sprained his right ankle, per J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, and that he would visit team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache at some point on Monday.
This photo from Sunday, during the celebration of Josh Beckett's no-hitter, appears to capture the point just before Ellis landed on Butera's catching mask.
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Ellis was hitting .170/.350/.213 in 15 games for the Dodgers this season, including .174/.387/.261 (4-for-23 with two doubles and eight walks) in eight games since his return from knee surgery.
Drew Butera gets the start behind the plate on Monday against the Reds. The club recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Ellis' spot on the roster.
Federowicz was hitting .298/.344/.421 with four doubles and a home run in 17 games with the Isotopes. He started 13 games for the Dodgers this year but was just 5-for-46 (.109) with two doubles at the plate, and was optioned back to Triple-A on April 30.