Dodgers to keep three catchers, but that could change Wednesday.

Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes will remain on the Dodgers’ roster as the third catcher. (David Crane/Staff photographer)


The Dodgers activated catcher Yasmani Grandal from the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s game and optioned outfielder Chris Heisey to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

That means Austin Barnes will remain with the Dodgers as a third catcher and utility infielder  — for now, though manager Don Mattingly said there will be more moves coming soon.

“We have that split doubleheader (against the Rockies) on Tuesday,” he said. “Part of that process and thinking Barnes is also a guy capable of playing infield and catch, but also pinch-hit for the catching spot.”

Barnes was added to a major-league roster for the first time last Saturday. He collected his first major-league hit the next night.

“It’s good to see how this is played up here,” he said. “It’s just like any other baseball. It’s a good first taste. I’ve learned a lot from Ellis and (Grandal).”

A.J. Ellis: ‘Their job’s to call balls and strikes. It’s not to be a catching coach.’

ST. LOUIS — A.J. Ellis said that he’s never been ejected from a game, at any level of baseball, prior to Friday. That changed after Matt Carpenter walked in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

By Ellis’ account, he drew the ire of home plate umpire Mike Winters for the way he was “presenting the ball” during Carpenter’s at-bat.

Their conversation, as Ellis recalled it: “He said, ‘the presentation was poor.’ I said the presentation doesn’t matter. He said ‘the presentation was poor.’ He just repeated himself. That’s what did it.”

The game was televised by MLB Network, and Ellis said that Winters was wearing a microphone specifically for the broadcast. If that audio exists, please pass it along — we couldn’t hear anything from the press box.

Winters told a Cardinals official after the game that Ellis’ ejection “was about balls and strikes. The rest of it stays private.”

Ellis said that he takes pride in his relationship with umpires.

“They probably have the toughest job in our sport,” Ellis said, adding that Winters is “a great man.”

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected for arguing a called third strike against Andre Ethier in the top of the seventh inning.

Yasmani Grandal returns to Dodgers, will be activated Saturday.

Yasmani  Grandal

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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