We basically didn’t get much after the game because the real test of these things is usually how they feel the next day. It was a good sign that A.J. Ellis played the rest of that eighth inning, then batted and ran out a ground ball in the ninth, then caught the bottom of the ninth. But how he feels tomorrow will be the key.
“We’ll have to see how he is tomorrow,” Don Mattingly said. “He got hit pretty squarely in the kneecap. It hit him pretty good.”
Ellis is as hardnosed a player as I have ever been around, so his reaction when he was hit by that foul tip was all you needed to know about how much pain he was in. Even if he’s fine, my suspicion is you’ll see Tim Federowicz in the lineup tomorrow night, especially with the day game on Sunday. Ellis probably would sit out one of those games even if he hadn’t gotten hit, so Mattingly might just go ahead and rest him tomorrow as a precaution.