Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, The left hamstring strain that has sidelined catcher A.J. Ellis since Tuesday will need about another 10 days of recovery, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday.
The layoff will prevent the 35-year-old from participating in the World Baseball Classic for Team USA.
"He's definitely disappointed," Mattingly said. "I know he wanted to be part of that. He felt like it was going to be his last shot to be a part of that. He's disappointed, but A.J. knows he didn't want to go there and get hurt more, and not be able to be ready for the season."
The Marlins signed Ellis in the offseason to backup JT Realmuto and become a spot starter. He has a familiarity with Mattingly as the both were in Los Angeles when the Marlins’ skipper was manager.
"We know it's a hamstring, and we're probably looking at 10-12 days before we actually get him back out there," Mattingly said. "We'll be cautious getting him back out there. We're not really that concerned as far as him being ready for the season."
While not playing in the WBC is a big blow for Ellis, being ready for Marlins’ opening day is of bigger importance.
He has played in three spring training games and had two at bats.