Yasmani Grandal returns to Dodgers, will be activated Saturday.

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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is expected back from the disabled list Saturday in St. Louis. (Associated Press photo)

ST. LOUIS — Yasmani Grandal had a locker in the Dodges’ clubhouse Friday and, unlike the last few days in Salt Lake City, his catching equipment.

“They sent me out with a glove,” he said. “That’s it.”
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A.J. Ellis cleared to back up Yasmani Grandal in San Francisco.

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.

Game 11: Dodgers 7, Rockies 0.

Adrian Gonzalez

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:
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