Martin to be sidelined four to six weeks
Torre reveals groin pull has Dodgers' catcher on shelf
PHOENIX -- Dodgers catcher Russell Martin has a pulled groin muscle and will be sidelined four to six weeks, missing the rest of Spring Training and Opening Day, manager Joe Torre said on Sunday.Martin will be sent to Los Angeles for further medical exams to confirm the initial diagnosis Dr. Neal ElAttrache made after a Saturday MRI. Torre said rookie A.J. Ellis would "get the bulk of the playing time here," with 40-year-old Brad Ausmus remaining as the backup. "Ausmus brings a lot to the table with his experience, but I certainly don't want to run him into the ground either," said Torre. Torre said he had not discussed going outside the organization for a replacement. "To find a catcher better than A.J. would be tough to do," he said. "He's a pretty good catcher." Martin said his offseason conditioning program, which added 25 pounds of muscle, was not the reason he was injured. General manager Ned Colletti indicated that the club has only limited control over players and their winter workouts. "The way he came into camp, we can't tell anybody what's best for them," Colletti said. "They have to decide that on their own. Obviously, he decided to come in in the condition he did. We had communication with him throughout the winter and then it went cold for a little bit of time. "He knows what's at stake. He's not somebody who doesn't understand what we're trying to do here, nor what he's trying to do personally in his career. I'm sure he's not very happy with what happened yesterday either. It's one of those things, guys get hurt all the time." Martin said he hasn't completely accepted the fact that he'll miss Opening Day.
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In Friday's Spring Training opener, Martin caught five innings and stole a base. It was on the steal that Martin said, "The first couple steps, I knew it wasn't right."After the game, Martin reported to the staff that something was wrong and the MRI exam was scheduled. Trainer Stan Conte said Martin will be sent to the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles on Monday for further tests and treatment that might include a more revealing MRI using a dye injection or the now-popular platelet injection that accelerates healing. Martin said the injury doesn't bother him hitting or squatting, only when running. His discomfort is in the same general area that plagued former Dodgers infielder Tony Abreu, who first underwent a sports hernia operation, but ultimately needed arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn hip labrum. But Conte said the injuries are different, explaining Martin has a strained adductor, which is part of the hip flexor group of muscles. Martin said he feels the discomfort on initial explosion and at the top of his stride.
|"Russell wants to play through pain and that's worked for him in the past, but it won't work with this particular injury."|
-- Stan Conte, |
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.