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A.J. Ellis placed on 15-day DL, Tim Federowicz recalled

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The Dodgers today announced the placement of A.J. Ellis on the 15-day disabled list and the recall of catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Ellis was injured rounding third base during the seventh inning of Saturday’s loss against the Giants according to sources.

He underwent a 20-minute arthroscopic procedure today performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache to debride the medial meniscus of his left knee.

Ellis is expected to be out four to six weeks.

Taking Ellis’ spot on the roster is Federowicz who will be the team's starting backstop.

Federowicz was optioned to Triple-A on March 22nd, but traveled with the Dodgers to Australia for the exhibition and regular season games against the Diamondbacks.

He remained with Los Angeles during the Freeway Series that concluded Spring Training.

The 26-year old appeared in one game for Alburquerque, going 0-for-2 with a walk.

Drew Butera made the Dodger roster as the team’s backup catcher. With a career batting average of .180 in 500 Major League at bats, Butera is likely to remain in the backup role.

In 56 games with the Dodgers last season, Federowicz hit .231 with four home runs and 16 runs batted in.

Federowicz came to the Dodgers in a trade deadline deal in 2011 and made his Big League debut later that season.

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