Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis put up many career highs, including in games, batting average, home runs and RBI’s, during the 2012 campaign. However, it looks like the wear and tear of catching all those career high in games caught up with Ellis as he underwent minor surgery to repair his meniscus, which was torn earlier in the season.
Ellis, who was one of the Dodgers most consistent hitters before tailing off significantly towards the end of the year, will begin physical therapy next week and will resume baseball activities in six weeks. He is expected to be fully recovered and ready for spring training in March.
Perhaps this is a sign for the Dodgers to look into a good back-up catcher for Ellis going into next season. Nothing against Matt Treanor, the back-up in 2012, but he never could get the job done when asked to fill in for Ellis. In the 36 games he played, Treanor batted a paltry .175. Definitely a big drop-off.
Having a decent back-up will that would allow more days off would keep Ellis fresh as the season wears on. It was evident that he was gassed as he struggled through his at-bats as he went 28 plate appearances without registering a hit.
Another Dodger underwent surgery as well. Yasiel Puig, the highly touted 21-year old Cuban defector, developed a staph infection in his elbow and had surgery to clean out the infection. Puig, who the Dodgers signed for an eye-popping seven year, $42 million contract, will not participate in the Arizona Fall League.
Recovery time is expected to be three to five weeks and Puig will remain at the teams spring training facility in Camelback Ranch, Arizona, to recover. Like Ellis, he is expected to be ready to go by the time spring training begins.