Friday, February 23, 2018
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Dodgers starting catcher injured in no-hit celebration

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers C A.J. Ellis went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle Monday, a day after getting hurt while celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter.

Ellis rushed to join his teammates in the celebration Sunday in Philadelphia. Around home plate, he stepped on the discarded mask of backup Drew Butera, who caught the majors' first no-hitter of the season.

"I wanted to be a part of it. It's a great day, a great experience to be a part of. I quickly lost my thrill for what happened," Ellis said. "Rolled it pretty good. I'm beyond frustrated, still kind of shocked."

Ellis was scheduled to see the team physician later Monday. He had his ankle treated throughout the flight home, alternating ice and compression.

"Getting off the plane I was feeling really good, but this morning, as they predicted, it was hard moving around once I got up," he said.

YOUNG ACE HURT: Royals rookie RHP Yordano Ventura left the game against the Astros in the third inning with elbow discomfort. According to reports, his fastball, which generally runs 98-100 mph, was at 91 on the last pitch he threw. He's scheduled for an MRI exam today.

TOP PROSPECT SIDELINED: Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard went on the disabled list at Triple-A Las Vegas with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow that the team described as mild. Also, Mets OF Eric Young Jr. went on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring; hitting coach Dave Hudgens was fired; and RH reliever Jose Valverde was released.

SCULLY SIDELINED: Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully will miss calling two Dodgers games because he has a chest cold.

ANGELS: OF Josh Hamilton will be slowed the next few days because of a bone bruise on his surgically repaired left thumb.

TWINS: RF Oswaldo Arcia was called up from Triple-A Rochester, and LF Josh Willingham, out since April 7 with a hairline fracture in his left wrist, was activated from the disabled list.

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