Ellis to fill in at catcher for Dodgers; Darnell named SEC pitcher of week; Updates on Blanton, Wellemeyer, Rosenberg

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A. J. Ellis; Photo by frankat1stbase3 via Flickr

Lots of major league news to pass along including a surprising major league job for a Kentucky high school alum:

  • Kevin Gurnick of MLB.com reportsĀ PLD alum A. J. Ellis has been named the starting catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers while All-Star Russell Martin misses 4-6 weeks after a groin injury.
  • University of Kentucky left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell was named Southeastern Conference pitcher of the week after his complete game shutout performance Saturday.
  • Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports University of Kentucky alum Joe Blanton offseason adjustments paid dividends in his first spring appearance.
  • Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News breaks down the Giants fifth starter race, which includes Bellarmine alum Todd Wellemeyer.
  • Jim Salisbury of Baseball America profiles University of Louisville alum B. J. Rosenberg and his attempt to stick out in Phillies camp. (Subscription required.)