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Dodgers' A.J. Ellis to undergo knee surgery, could return in 4-6 weeks

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Dodgers will be without their primary man behind the mask for a while. (USATSI)
The Dodgers will be without their primary man behind the mask for a while. (USATSI)

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Bad news for the Dodgers, as catcher A.J. Ellis is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn left meniscus. The team made the announcement Monday night.

The Dodgers didn't announce any kind of time-table for Ellis's return, but a source familiar with the procedure tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that Ellis could be back in four to six weeks, provided all goes well. Ellis previously underwent surgery to repair the same menicus just after the 2012 regular season.

Ellis, who'll turn 33 on Wednesday, is a career .254/.348/.373 hitter across parts of seven big-league seasons, all with the Dodgers. The team will make a roster move on Tuesday. That addition is likely to be Tim Federowicz. Federowicz figures to serve as the regular catcher in Ellis's absence, while Drew Butera will remain the backup.

As for the catcher himself, if nothing else, his spirits are certainly still high ...

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