The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned Miguel Olivo to Triple-A Albuquerque Wednesday in order to activate catcher A.J. Ellis from the disabled list. Ellis, hitting eighth, makes his first start since April 5 after spending a little over five weeks on the DL due to a procedure on his left knee. It was the second time Ellis has needed the procedure on the same knee, however, this time was just a cleanup of the medial meniscus.
This past week Ellis went to the team’s complex in Arizona for extended spring training before heading to Triple-A Albuquerque for two rehab starts. He caught nine innings on Sunday and six more on Monday with a combined 2-for-5 at the plate with a walk and a two-run homer. Ellis also tested the knee on a stolen base attempt but was thrown out. The 33-year-old is a career 0-for-3 in stolen base attempts at the major league level.
Ellis is 4-for-24 (.167) with four walks having only played in seven games this season.
In eight games with the Dodgers, Olivo is 5-for-23 (.217) with a pair of RBIs and 12 strikeouts.
Drew Butera has earned his spot on the roster handling the catching position with the Dodgers having an 11-4 record when he is behind the plate. He has two homers and has driven in seven runs in the month of May.