Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis suffered a sprained right ankle on May 25 while celebrating Josh Beckett’s first career no-hitter. It was originally described as a severe sprain, but Ellis is already set to return.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the 33-year-old is expected to be activated in time for Friday night’s series opener at home against the Diamondbacks. Tim Federowicz will presumably be sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque, with Drew Butera sticking around as Ellis’ backup.
It’s been a miserable start to the 2014 season for Ellis, who missed a large chunk of time in April and early May following minor left knee surgery and is batting just .170 with a .563 OPS and zero home runs over 60 plate appearances.
The Dodgers are wrapping up a series in Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.