Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is the newest member of the Bill Gramatica club.
As Josh Beckett completed a historic no-hitter Sunday, Ellis injured his ankle in the on-field celebration, ESPN Los Angeles writer Mark Saxon reports.
Unlike Gramatica, however, Ellis was not directly responsible for a transcendent play that led to jubilation in the first place.
Ellis wasn’t even behind the plate to catch the final pitch in the Dodgers’ 6-0 blanking of the Philadelphia Phillies — Drew Butera was. As players were jumping around in a congratulatory huddle surrounding Beckett, Ellis landed on Butera’s catcher’s mask on the ground, resulting in a sprained ankle.
NBC Sports says Ellis had just returned from a knee injury 10 days ago, and now he’s heading back to the disabled list with the ankle injury.
Click here to see video of the final out and celebration of the 34-year-old Beckett’s first career no-hitter.