PHILADELPHIA -- Three specialists agree that Dodgers catcher Russell Martin will not have surgery, at least for the next three weeks while his broken hip heals, the club announced Tuesday night.
Martin will remain on crutches for a total of four weeks and be re-evaluated in September to determine if the fracture and/or the hip labrum he also tore will require surgery. Regardless, he is done for the rest of the season.
The consensus was reached after results of an MRI exam and CT scan were analyzed by three hip specialists -- Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colo., Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, Tenn., and Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York.
Martin suffered the injury last Tuesday night, when he subluxed his right hip trying to score without sliding. Because surgery requires a three-month rehab window, Martin could put off surgery until the end of the season and still have time to heal by Spring Training.
The injury was suffered on a freak play, when Martin made an awkward landing on his right foot, jamming the top of his leg into the cartilage-like material that insulates the inside of the hip joint.
Such a traumatic hip injury is considered unusual for baseball players, and even the specialists have limited cases for comparison. Because of the requirement for catchers to squat, and the stress squatting puts on the hip, it's not clear what Martin faces long term.
Dodgers decide to place Furcal on DL
PHILADELPHIA -- Shortstop Rafael Furcal will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a lower back strain, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said after Tuesday night's 15-9 win over the Phillies.
The Dodgers planned to DL Furcal on Monday, but he talked his way into a one-day stay. Then he worked out before the game and his back stiffened up. Torre said the decision was made during the game.
"It's not a setback," said Torre. "We decided it was the safest thing to do."
Furcal has already missed a week. His time on the list will be retroactive, so he will spend less than two weeks on the DL.
Veteran Juan Castro, signed after being released by Philadelphia, was removed from Tuesday night's Triple-A Albuquerque game in the second inning and is expected to replace Furcal on the roster.
Before the game, Torre said Furcal was available for the first time as a pinch-hitter and possibly in a double-switch defensively. Furcal took ground balls for the first time in a week and took batting practice with the club. Jamey Carroll started at shortstop.
Although the club insists this injury is different than the one that led to disk surgery in 2008, the similarity is that Furcal's back discomfort lingers.
This injury is not believed to be that serious, but neither was that one initially.
Manny not running yet in Arizona
PHILADELPHIA -- The Manny Ramirez rehab continues.
The sidelined Dodgers outfielder continues to recover from a strained right calf muscle at the Dodgers' Camelback-Ranch-Glendale complex in Arizona, with no real timetable for his return to the lineup. He went on the disabled list July 17.
Ramirez still hasn't tested the injury by running, and until he does, he can't start a Minor League rehab assignment. And until he has a Minor League rehab assignment, he won't return to the lineup.
"He's got to be able to run first," said trainer Stan Conte. "There's good improvement. He feels a lot better. He's taking batting practice, fly balls. But he's not running, and we don't want him to right now. He's got to get the last bit of hurting out. He'll be in Arizona until he can run."
This is Ramirez's third stint on the DL this season, all with different injuries to his right leg (two calf muscles, one hamstring). He's missed 46 games this year while on the DL.
"Sometimes there's a cascade effect," said Conte. "We see that from time to time. He's 38. He's played a lot. All three injuries happened on the bases."
Torre rests slumping Kemp in Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Kemp, who finished up a 6-for-25 homestand with four strikeouts Sunday, was not in the Dodgers' lineup on Tuesday night against the Phillies.
"I just told him it was a day off," said manager Joe Torre. "Nothing more than catch a breath."
Torre said he talked to Kemp after Sunday's game and said he didn't suspect that the outfielder was shaken by the Sunday morning dismissal of lockermate Garret Anderson, who was designated for assignment.
"He's trying, but he's frustrated," Torre said. "I didn't see any difference in his personality. Not that Garret won't be missed by more people than just Matty. But it's tough with him -- he doesn't give you a lot as far as letting things bother him."
Torre said Kemp -- who leads the Dodgers in runs and is tied for the club home run lead -- continues to be plagued by the same offensive problems for the past few months.
"I see no patience at the plate whatsoever," Torre said. "He's reaching. He gets behind [in the count] and the strike zone expands. He doesn't have patience at all."
Torre said he gave Kemp permission to fly ahead of the club. Kemp said he spent the day off in New York. Jay Gibbons, who had a pinch-single Sunday in his first at-bat after being promoted from Triple-A, started in left field Tuesday, with Scott Podsednik moving over to center.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.