That leaves the club one player short of the 25-man limit and that move will be made before Tuesday's game.
It could mean the promotion of journeyman Minor League outfielder Mitch Jones, who would provide a right-handed power bat off the bench. Jones is not on the Major League 40-man roster, so his promotion would necessitate a corresponding move to make room. The 31-year-old Jones has never played in the Major Leagues, having been promoted once by the Yankees, but never entering a game.
The club apparently wants DeWitt and Hoffmann to continue their development while playing every day at Triple-A. Ellis would probably remain with the club until pitcher Eric Milton returns from the disabled list, which could happen as soon as Sunday.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.