April 5, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (17) is out at home plate in the seventh inning against the tag of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers' A.J. Ellis to undergo knee surgery

Another Dodger is going on the disabled list, but this time, it’s not one of their outfielders or pitchers.

Instead, regular catcher A.J. Ellis will be out for an undetermined amount of time due to arthroscopic knee surgery that will be performed to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Ellis had been receiving regular treatment after each game this year, but an attempt to score from second on a single Saturday may have been the final straw.

Typical recovery time for this type of surgery is four-to-six weeks, but the timetable will be determined after the surgery, scheduled for Tuesday. In the meantime, the Dodgers have to figure out what to do for catcher. Drew Butera had been the backup for Ellis, and the team has Miguel Olivo in the minor leagues. The most logical choice also resides in the minors, in one Tim Federowicz, who was the backup catcher last year.

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