Eric Stephen of True Blue LA finds out that A.J. Ellis probably doesn’t think he’ll be hitting second.
I asked catcher A.J. Ellis whether or not he could hit second in the lineup, and he joked, “I could be at the top, I could steal some bags.” But Ellis then noted he isn’t really concerned with where he hits in the batting order. “One of the last things on my mind right now is batting order. I just want to see my name somewhere in the lineup,” Ellis said. “My value to the team is getting on base and helping to turn the lineup over, so hopefully guys like Matt [Kemp] and Andre [Ethier] can get as many at-bats as they can get.”
Sort of reading between the lines, but he seems to politely scoff at the idea, which is a bit shitty, because he might actually be better at #1 or #2 than Dee Gordon or Mark Ellis if they get on at the same rate as 2011.
On the upside, he seems to know exactly what his role in the lineup is.
Andre Ethier had some back tightness according to MLB.com‘s Ken Gurnick.
“He felt something when he was stretching and he went in with Sue [Falsone, trainer], but came back out to hit and did outfield work,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It was in his upper middle back, but Sue said he came back out to see what he could do. If anything scared anybody, he wouldn’t have been back on the field.”
Doesn’t sound serious at least.