A hamstring injury has catcher AJ Ellis on the mend, puts WBC appearance in question

Catcher AJ Ellis is dealing with a hamstring injury that will keep him out of action through Thursday

One more day.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, a strained left hamstring has shut down A.J. Ellis for the next two days, and while the Marlins are confident their backup catcher will be ready for Opening Day, his status for the World Baseball Classic is in question.

Miami is saying it's too early to tell about whether Ellis will be able to join Team USA. First, the club is waiting to see how he responds after no baseball activities on Wednesday and Thursday.

After today, the team will re-evaluate the backup catcher’s status.

Ellis was brought in to work behind JT Realmuto and replace him in the lineup when the starting catcher plays first base, when Justin Bour is given a day off.

Ellis experienced tightness in his left hamstring while doing a baserunning drill on Tuesday. As a precaution, he was scratched from being the designated hitter on Tuesday in the Marlins' 3-1 loss to the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

Ellis was selected by the Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2003 MLB Draft. He has played in the minors with the South Georgia Waves, Vero Beach Dodgers, Double-A Jacksonville Suns, and Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. On September 5, 2008, his contract was purchased by the Dodgers, and he made his debut on September 15.

"Nobody wants to miss time," manager Don Mattingly said. "They want to continue progression. That's what we talk about down here. Any time you get an injury, it shuts you down and starts you back over. So nobody wants to do that. It's really more about the WBC than it is a concern for our season."

Ellis is not the only Marlins player who has dealt with injury early in spring training. Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has been on the mend with a quad injury. Pitcher Jeff Locke has been kept out of the rotation. He had an MRI on his left shoulder last week.

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