Dodgers activate catcher A.J. Ellis

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers activated catcher A.J. Ellis from the 15-day disabled list before their game with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

Ellis went 0-for-4 as the Marlins routed the Dodgers 13-3.

Ellis had been out since April 5 and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee April 8. Ellis, a seven-year veteran, appeared in the Dodgers' first seven games and was batting .167 without an extra-base hit, but he is widely credited with being a key to the Dodgers' strong pitching. He studies scouting reports and calls pitches.

"It's great to be back," Ellis said. "It was a long five weeks."

Ellis played in two minor league rehab games for Triple-A Albuquerque, going 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk. The team optioned Miguel Olivo to Triple-A Albuquerque. Olivo is out of options, but he signed a waiver allowing the team to demote him.

The Dodgers were a bit thin in catching in spring training, and they went with Olivo, Drew Butera and Tim Federowicz in Ellis' stead.

"I thought our guys did a nice job, honestly," manager Don Mattingly said. "Early on, the guys didn't really hit. I thought we did fine, but you get a guy who's been doing it longer and has worked with [pitching coach] Rick [Honeycutt], obviously that's going to go a little smoother."