Dodgers recall A.J. Ellis, option Paul

Updated: August 4, 2010, 10:23 PM ET
By Tony Jackson |

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers made a precautionary roster move before Wednesday night's game with the San Diego Padres, recalling catcher A.J. Ellis from, and optioning outfielder Xavier Paul to, Triple-A Albuquerque as a hedge against the possibility of losing catcher Russell Martin to the disabled list.

Later Wednesday, Martin was put on the 15-day disabled list after suffering a torn labrum in his right hop. He suffered the injury after being tagged out at the plate in the second inning of Tuesday night's win over the Padres. Martin underwent an MRI exam Wednesday afternoon, revealing the extent of the injury.

The encouraging sign Tuesday was that Martin was able to catch five more innings after suffering the injury, which occurred when he turned to look back after crossing the plate and in doing so planted his right leg awkwardly. But Martin took himself out of the game when starter Ted Lilly was replaced by reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, who is more difficult to catch because his pitches tend to dart and dive.

Brad Ausmus started behind the plate Wednesday night.

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