Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis goes on disabled list with knee injury

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Dodgers starting catcher Yasmani Grandal appears to have avoided a serious jaw injury after being hit by a foul ball Sunday, but backup catcher A.J. Ellis has been placed on the disabled list with knee inflammation.

Grandal’s arrival this offseason pushed Ellis into a lesser role, as he went from averaging 433 plate appearances during the previous three seasons to logging just 106 plate appearances so far this year.

Austin Barnes is getting the starting behind the plate tonight and figures to take over for Ellis as Grandal’s understudy.

Angels claim pitcher Jacob Rhame off waivers from Mets

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The Angels announced on Wednesday that the club claimed reliever Jacob Rhame off waivers from the Mets.

Rhame, 27, was limited to 6 1/3 innings in the majors and 20 2/3 innings in the minors last season due to an elbow issue. He underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery in mid-August.

Though Rhame has a career 6.23 ERA in the big leagues, he showed promise at Triple-A from 2016-18, averaging better than 10 strikeouts per nine innings in all three years. The Angels are taking a flier on the right-hander to see if he can translate that success to the majors.