Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wants A.J. Ellis to play less in 2013.

A.J. Ellis

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that he wants catcher A.J. Ellis to play in fewer than the 133 games he appeared in last year.

Ellis faded down the stretch in 2012, batting .218 in September and October. He underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee after the season.

“We felt like A.J. probably played a little bit too much last year,” Mattingly said. “Probably should’ve gotten him a few more days. … In a sense he was kind of up and down. I just think in general (he played) just a little too much. I’m not really saying that it went bad. I knew what I was doing.”

Backup catcher Matt Treanor played 36 games last season, an average of six games a month. Tim Federowicz, or whoever the backup is, can expect to play more in 2013. Mattingly said he didn’t have an exact number in mind.

“Not so much an exact number, but more just being able to use that other guy, keep him sharp also so we can work both of ’em,” he said.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.