A.J. Ellis sprains ankle during no-hitter celebration, goes on DL

A.J. Ellis
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis chases a pop fly during a game against the Phillies on Saturday in Philadelphia.
(Matt Slocum / Associated Press)

These major accomplishments can prove costly.

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis sprained his right ankle in the on-field celebration after Josh Beckett’s no-hitter Sunday in Philadelphia, stepping on, of all things, catcher Drew Butera’s mask.

The Dodgers put Ellis on the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds and called up Tim Federowicz from triple-A Albuquerque.

Ellis came off the DL May 14 after left knee surgery. He has four hits in 23 at-bats (.174) since returning. Federowicz was hitting .298 with the Isotopes.


Since Ellis did not play Sunday, the DL move is retroactive to May 25. The Dodgers tried to treat the ankle during the flight home, but Ellis said he knew when he awoke Monday that he would be out awhile.

Butera is in the lineup Monday but Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez are out for the fourth consecutive game.

Also, broadcasting legend Vin Scully won’t work Monday’s game because of a chest cold.



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