On the long list of things the Dodgers have to worry about, suddenly there is the bat of A.J. Ellis.
Ellis has been a revelation this season, giving the Dodgers superior defensive play, incredible leadership and better-than-dreamed offense. He’s been an on-base machine. All in his first season as the regular catcher.
Only now Ellis is clearly wearing down. He’s lost some bat speed. His throws to second are not quite as crisp. I’m not even sure he’s moving quite as well behind the plate.
Ellis has already appeared in 125 games in easily baseball’s most demanding position. The most games he’s ever appeared in the majors until this season was 44 in 2010. The most games he’s ever appeared in during his professional career is 109 for double-A Jacksonville in 2007.