A.J. Ellis
C MIA
1 week ago

Ellis is batting .213 this with no extra-base hits and two RBI in 55 at-bats this season as the backup catcher in Miami.

EDGE Analysis

Ellis is having trouble getting on the field this season, stuck behind the much younger and more durable starter JT Realmuto. As the backup catcher, Ellis is even having trouble finding a spot as a pinch hitter, only playing that role twice this season. All in all, it appears age has caught up to Ellis, and an increase in playing time doesn't appear to be in the cards anytime soon for the 36-year-old backstop.

A.J. Ellis
C MIA
1 month ago

Ellis has managed only five hits in 37 at-bats so far this season.

EDGE Analysis

The 36-year-old tends to start day games that follow a night game, and with J.T. Realmuto putting together another good season, it's unlikely to see any significant change behind the plate for the Marlins. For the season, Ellis is slashing .135/.220/.135 with one RBI, and he has been utilized as a pinch hitter only twice this year.

A.J. Ellis
C MIA
2 months ago

Ellis has two hits in 20 plate appearances to start off 2017.

EDGE Analysis

Still the backup catcher to J.T. Realmuto, Ellis has not necessarily pushed for more playing time. Realmuto's hot start has not helped Ellis' case, and neither have the seven strikeouts he has to his ledger in the early stages of the season. The 36-year-old slashed .216/.301/.298 with the Dodgers and Phillies last season.

A.J. Ellis
C MIA
3 months ago

Ellis (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with a run scored during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.

EDGE Analysis

Ellis missed extended time with a hamstring strain this spring but seems to have made a full recovery as he played five innings in a minor league game over the weekend and started Tuesday's Grapefruit League contest. He'll open the season as the primary backup catcher to J.T. Realmuto.

A.J. Ellis
C MIA
3 months ago

Ellis (hamstring) was behind the plate for five innings in a minor league game over the weekend and should see action in a split-squad game Tuesday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

While there isn't much time left in camp, Ellis could yet avoid a DL stint to begin the season if everything looks good Tuesday. When healthy, he'll slot in as the backup to J.T. Realmuto in Miami.

A.J. Ellis
C MIA
3 months ago

Ellis (hamstring) was able to get some at-bats during a backfield scrimmage Tuesday but didn't run the bases, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Opening Day less than two weeks away, Ellis is starting to run out of time to fully recover from his hamstring tweak and be ready for the regular season. A DL stint through the early part of April is beginning to look like a possibility for the backup catcher.

A.J. Ellis
C MIA
3 months ago

Manager Don Mattingly said Ellis (hamstring) would be sidelined for "a few more days," Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ellis' hamstring injury has lingered for more than two weeks, but it's not anything that Mattingly believes will sideline the backstop for Opening Day. The veteran catcher is expected to serve as the top backup to J.T. Realmuto this season and draw one or two starts per week.

A.J. Ellis
C MIA
3 months ago

Ellis (hamstring) will participate in batting practice and some jogging Thursday, Matthew DeFranks of the Sun Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

The injury has cost him a chance to play in the World Baseball Classic but isn't expected to keep him off the Opening Day roster. The 35-year-old should piece together a start or two per week, even while backing up J.T. Realmuto, especially if Miami slides the latter over to play first base a bit in 2017. That may provide enough reps to consider Ellis as a No. 2 NL-only catcher, though he doesn't carry an exciting ceiling.

A.J. Ellis
C MIA
4 months ago

Ellis (hamstring) was able to hit and throw Monday, and the Marlins are hoping he'll be able to see game action soon, Glenn Sattell of MLB.com reports. "We're thinking that after this off-day [Wednesday] that we'll be pretty close to him being back to looking like a regular guy again," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday. "So kind of starting to building up towards a game somewhere without any setbacks."

EDGE Analysis

The injury cost Ellis a chance to represent his country at the WBC, but at this point it doesn't look like it will keep him out for Opening Day. The 35-year-old will caddy for J.T. Realmuto at catcher this season, but with Realmuto potentially seeing some time at first base as well, Ellis could get a few more at-bats than your typical backup catcher.

A.J. Ellis
C MIA
4 months ago

Ellis (hamstring) is still about 10 days away from playing and will not represent Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ellis has been dealing with the ailment since feeling tightness in warmups earlier this week, but there seems to be a loose timetable in place for his return. His withdrawal from the WBC should give him the opportunity to return to full strength this spring as he prepares for his first season with the Marlins. Ellis is expected to serve as the backup to J.T. Realmuto this coming year, so his fantasy value is rather miniscule.