A.J. Ellis C LAD 2 weeks ago

Ellis is in the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ellis will catch while Yasmani Grandal fills in for Adrian Gonzalez (back) at first base. He has a hit in each of his last three starts.

A.J. Ellis C LAD 1 month ago

Ellis is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He typically catches for friend Clayton Kershaw, but Yasmani Grandal will get that honor Tuesday despite going 0-for-8 in his last two starts. Ellis, meanwhile, is 4-for-his-last-8 with a homer, but he's just 8-for-34 (.235 average) on the season.

A.J. Ellis C LAD 2 months ago

Ellis is back in the lineup Thursday, batting seventh and catching pitcher Ross Stripling.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manager Dave Roberts is giving Yasmani Grandal a night off Thursday, so Ellis will draw back in behind the plate. With Clayton Kershaw pitching Friday, Ellis figures to serve as the Dodgers' backstop for the next two games. Despite the promise of added playing time the next two days, Ellis does not provide much as a hitter as he's gone 3-for-17 to start the year.

A.J. Ellis C LAD 2 months ago

Ellis is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Yasmani Grandal (forearm) still out, Ellis and Austin Barnes have been sharing catching duties. Barnes will start at catcher Sunday and hit eighth against Johnny Cueto.

A.J. Ellis C LAD 2 months ago

Ellis is out of Thursday's lineup against the Giants.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Dodgers continue to share the catching duties with Yasmani Grandal (forearm) on the shelf. Austin Barnes will start at catcher Thursday and hit eighth against righty Jake Peavy.

A.J. Ellis C LAD 2 months ago

Ellis is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres, batting eighth.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Yasmani Grandal still nursing a forearm injury, Ellis and Austin Barnes have been platooning at catcher to start the 2016 season. Ellis sat out Tuesday's game so he should be 100 percent to catch for Kenta Maeda. He will be facing Padres' right hander Andrew Cashner against whom he is 7-for-14 in his career.

A.J. Ellis C LAD 2 months ago

Ellis is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 34-year-old was behind the plate to catch for his friend, Clayton Kershaw, on Opening Day, and he drove in three runs in the 15-0 route of San Diego. Ellis will sit in favor of Austin Barnes on Tuesday, and the two figure to share the workload until Yasmani Grandal (forearm) is back from the DL. The team could keep three catchers once Grandal's healthy.

A.J. Ellis C LAD 6 months ago

Ellis signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While Ellis may not be relevant in standard mixed leagues, he certainly has value in real life, thanks to his defense behind the plate and good eye at the dish. Chances are, Ellis will serve as the secondary option again in 2016, catching Clayton Kershaw but otherwise spelling Yasmani Grandal (shoulder) only every couple days.

A.J. Ellis C LAD 8 months ago

Ellis is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the Dodgers' NLDS matchup with the Mets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ellis caught Clayton Kershaw on Friday night as he usually does, but he will take a seat in favor of Yasmani Grandal in the Dodgers' second playoff game.

A.J. Ellis C LAD 8 months ago

Ellis went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in a 2-0 win over Colorado on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ellis has been filling in for the oft-injured Yasmani Grandal and has now homered in two of his last three games. The backup catcher provides very little value, even for NL-only owners, and he'll remain on waiver wires like he should.