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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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