Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis underwent a 20-minute arthroscopic procedure, performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, to debride (clean up) the medial meniscus of his left knee. According to the team, he will start his rehabilitation tomorrow and recovery is expected in 4-6 weeks.
Catcher Tim Federowicz, who wasn’t in the Albuquerque Isotopes starting lineup Monday or today, is expected to be recalled from the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in time for tonight’s game against the Detroit Tigers.
On Oct. 5, 2012, ElAttrache performed a 30-minute clean up procedure on Ellis’ medial and lateral meniscus.
Ellis is already recovering and receiving top medical care:
— Cindy Ellis (@Cindyluellis) April 8, 2014
Some bullet points for a Draw a Bird Day:
• The 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron‘s 715th career home run off Dodgers pitcher Al Downing is getting plenty of ink today. USA Today talked to Aaron about the death threat letters he received — an saved. Aaron’s childhood home in Alabama is becoming a museum. The Braves are giving away a sweet poster. One Dodger player claims that Aaron called his shot. The same network that once put Pete Rose “on trial” is also “re-enacting” the event.
• It’s also the anniversary of Chan Ho Park‘s first game with the Dodgers. That’s how the game is remembered in South Korea and Los Angeles; in Atlanta it’s remembered as the day Kent Mercker no-hit the Dodgers.
• Dr. Frank Jobe was remembered at Dodger Stadium yesterday.
• Joc Pederson is batting second for the Albuquerque Isotopes today. He’s on a bit of a hot streak:
Past three games for @yungjoc650 – 6 for 11 with two HR, three walks, two SB. In 14 trips to the plate, he has touched 17 bases on his own.
— Jon Weisman (@jonweisman) April 8, 2014
• Our working list of sports bars airing Dodgers games on SportsNet LA grew by one today: Glory Days in Lakewood; Sharkeez in Hermosa Beach; Panama Joe’s in Long Beach; Rusty’s in Simi Valley (h/t @DodgerBytes).
• Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, who missed all of spring training with shoulder tendonitis, is targeting a return of April 22 against the Dodgers.
• Note to anyone sitting in the left-field pavilion or bleacher seats the next time the Dodgers host the Giants:
— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) April 8, 2014
• Gary Carter was born 60 years ago today.
• La Habra’s Jonwayne was featured on a recent Gilles Pederson podcast, which these days is akin to “making it” as a beatmaker: