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Dodgers designate Dioner Navarro

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers designated veteran catcher Dioner Navarro, a former All-Star, for assignment on Tuesday at a point when he is hitting .193. Navarro had struggled mightily of late, striking out 10 times in 35 at-bats this month.

The Dodgers recalled catcher A.J. Ellis from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill Navarro's roster spot. Ellis will be out of minor league options after this season, so the Dodgers likely will be evaluating him for the remainder of the season to determine where he fits into their plans for the future.

The Dodgers signed Navarro as a free agent last winter, giving him a one-year, $1 million contract, just after he was non-tendered by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers had traded Navarro to the Rays midway through the 1996 season, and he became an All-Star in 2008, the same season he helped the Rays reach the World Series. After that, though, his offensive performance plummeted, as he hit .218 in 2009, .194 in 2010 and .193 for the Dodgers this year.

Navarro did hit five homers for the Dodgers, including two that represented the only run in two different 1-0 victories.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.