The Los Angeles Dodgers activated catcher AJ Ellis from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Tim Federowicz to the minor leagues, the team announced today in a press release Friday. Ellis went on the DL after spraining his right ankle and has not played since May 24th in Philadelphia. The 33-year old backstop has been limited to just 15 games in 2014 due to the ankle sprain and an earlier surgery on his left knee.
Though Ellis batted only .170, his on-base percentage was .350, a significant upgrade over the .169 OBP of Federowicz and the .287 mark of Drew Butera who started the bulk of the games in Ellis’ absence. Ellis gets high marks from Dodger pitchers for his pitch calling and receiving abilities. He's slated to start Friday's game in which Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch.
Butera returns to his role as the second option behind the plate. In parts of five Major League seasons, Butera has appeared in 233 games, including a career-high 93 for Minnesota in 2011. A career .187 hitter, Butera is the team’s preferred backup because they believe Federowicz is better served playing every day.
Federowicz returns to Albuquerque where he hit .299 with a .344 on-base percentage. In his four seasons at Triple-A, Federowicz has hit .314. Since coming over from the Boston organization, the 26-year old has played in 84 big league games littered over four season with the Dodgers.
Los Angeles enters Friday two games above .500, 8 ½ games behind division-leading San Francisco, owner of the best record in baseball. The Dodgers start a six-game home stand with three games against the Diamondbacks and three with the Rockies before heading to San Diego for a weekend series in San Diego.