Martin fine following early spring scare
MRI shows Dodgers catcher avoided serious foot injury
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers had their first health scare before Spring Training even started when catcher Russell Martin suffered a foot injury on Monday, but an MRI exam on Friday revealed no break.He did suffer a strained ligament doing what he alluded to as an unconventional quick-movement "workout warmup," but he was able to participate in most of Saturday's inaugural practice at the Dodgers' new Camelback Ranch-Glendale training facility.
"There's hardly any swelling anymore, and I'm able to do what I want to do, and it feels good," said Martin, who admitted he had some anxious days this week as the injury healed. "Until the MRI, I didn't know. I'm happy now. I was able to hit and do some catching drills and didn't aggravate it. I'm very happy about that."Martin said he has done cardio vascular exercises but won't run for a few more days. "I could run, but why take the chance?" he said. Martin was an All-Star last season for the second time, but most of his offensive stats slipped, and he has said he wasn't happy with the way he played. Manager Joe Torre said he made a point of having phone calls with Martin every other week during the winter and is convinced Martin is "champing at the bit" to take his game back to the level that won him a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove in 2007. "I didn't see the Russell everybody saw the two previous seasons," Torre said. "He can be a special talent. He seems to be in a real good place right now. He just has to get his consistency and not try to hit the ball out of the park. He's capable of hitting .320 every year, and if that puts pressure on him, so be it. He was fighting it last year. There were times you could see how frustrated he was."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.