One day after he was struck in the hand by a foul tip, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was able to throw a baseball. He isn’t starting the 1 p.m. game against the Giants (Yasmani Grandal is) but manager Don Mattingly said that Ellis has been cleared to back up.
“It was just a matter of how sore he was going to be today,” Mattingly said. “I think he kept the ice on as much as he could and he’s doing good today.”
Scott Van Slyke is the emergency third catcher.
As of roughly 11:30 a.m., Ellis still hadn’t hit in the batting cage, but he could easily get a few hacks in before the game and be able to hit. He may also only be available to catch.
Ellis probably wouldn’t have started anyway, with the Giants sending right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to the mound.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez flips the ball to first base with pitcher Brandon McCarthy covering for an out during the third inning Sunday. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers have won seven straight games, and can do no wrong.
Who knows. One of these days, Hyun-Jin Ryu might even pitch.
The photo gallery is here. The box score is here. I talked to Don Mattingly, A.J. Ellis and Brandon McCarthy after the game:
Yasmani Grandal was traded to the Dodgers in December, part of the three-team trade that sent Matt Kemp to San Diego and Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles. (Getty Images)
Yasmani Grandal made his Dodgers debut Tuesday. Coincidentally, it came against the same team that employed him the last three years, the San Diego Padres.
“It’s funny,” he said before the game. “I was going through a scouting report and my wife was like, ‘I barely even know these guys.’ I know maybe half the team. (Will) Middlebrooks, (Yonder) Alonso, (Alexi) Amarista, (Jedd) Gyorko. I know the infield. That’s a good way to put it.”
To hear A.J. Ellis tell it, Grandal might have been selling himself short.