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A.J. Ellis, who injured his ankle celebrating Josh Beckett’s no-hitter, is expected back Friday

Jun 12, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis suffered a sprained right ankle on May 25 while celebrating Josh Beckett‘s first career no-hitter. It was originally described as a severe sprain, but Ellis is already set to return.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the 33-year-old is expected to be activated in time for Friday night’s series opener at home against the Diamondbacks. Tim Federowicz will presumably be sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque, with Drew Butera sticking around as Ellis’ backup.

It’s been a miserable start to the 2014 season for Ellis, who missed a large chunk of time in April and early May following minor left knee surgery and is batting just .170 with a .563 OPS and zero home runs over 60 plate appearances.

The Dodgers are wrapping up a series in Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon.

  1. jya87 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Thank goodness. Fedex has been terrible. His OPS+ is 9.

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