LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Catcher A.J. Ellis is the latest player to miss a moderate amount of playing time for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ellis is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday for a torn meniscus in his left knee, according to Dodger Insider’s Jon Weisman.
The 32-year old catcher is expected to miss four to six weeks at least.
While it is not currently known at what point Ellis may have sustained the injury, a close play at the plate in Saturday’s loss to the San Francisco Giants is suspected. Ellis did not play in the series finale on Sunday.
Through seven games, Ellis was batting .167/.348/.373 with four hits, a run scored a four walks.
The team is expected to make a roster move within the week, with Tim Federowicz favored as Ellis’ replacement, and Drew Butera in reserve.
Through 30 at-bats in Spring Training, Federowicz batted .067 with a double and two RBIs. Butera hat 14 at-bats through Spring Training, batting .286 with a home run and two RBIs.
Ellis underwent a similar surgery in 2012 to repair a torn meniscus in the same knee.