6:30 PM EDT, Thu March 26, 2015

Three Dodgers pitchers have had close encounters with line drives

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- About an hour after a line drive hit Clayton Kershaw in the mouth, crushed one of his teeth and chipped a chunk off another one in a spring training game last week, the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to make it into a joke. Catcher A.J. Ellis quipped that Kershaw's 2014 Gold Glove was a "sham," because he failed to make the catch. Manager Don Mattingly wouldn't bite when a TV reporter asked about Kershaw's bravery for staying in the game, with Mattingly jokingly calling Kershaw "Old Blood and Guts.

A Q&A with A.J. Ellis

A.J. Ellis has been the Dodgers' starting catcher for the past three seasons, but that could change after the winter trade that brought Yasmani Grandal from the San Diego Padres. Still, Ellis, 33, will be one of the team leaders and, as usual, a key resource for reigning MVP Clayton Kershaw. We caught up with Ellis to discuss the state of his career and the feel at Dodgers' camp a couple of weeks into the spring. Q: Pitch framing is one of the hot areas in analytics right now and one that new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman obviously values.
Orange County Register Feb 27, 2015
Dodgers undergoing transition at catcher with Yasmani Grandal to play ahead of A.J. Ellis

Dodgers undergoing transition at catcher with Yasmani Grandal to play ahead of A.J. Ellis

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A couple hours before the Dodgers’ big trade with the San Diego Padres became official in December, A.J. Ellis got a call from Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Ellis let it go to voicemail. “I never...

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