Dodgers News: A.J. Ellis to have meniscus surgery, out 4-6 weeks

In a rough bit of Dodgers news for your Monday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be without their starting catcher now sidelined for the next month or so.

Per Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will require surgery for a torn meniscus, which will sideline the Dodgers backstop for four to six weeks.

Dodgers fans should be happy that Ellis is not facing the same fate that Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto is, who Todd reports "is expected to be gone for ten to twelve weeks while rehabbing his own meniscus procedure."

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the luxury of having last year's backup catcher Tim Federowicz in Triple-A, if they decide to promote from within their own organization rather than looking at a possible stopgap option on the free agent market.

If the Dodgers feel more inclined to test the market (perhaps if they feel that Ellis may face a setback in his recovery), Todd mentions "Chris Gimenez, Ramon Hernandez, Kelly Shoppach, and Yorvit Torrealba" as "unsigned backstops with substantial MLB experience" which the Dodgers could conceivably pursue.

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