Martin claims he will be ready by Opening Day

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martin is swinging.JPGDodgers catcher Russell Martin, sidelined since early march with a groin injury, said Wednesday that there’s “no doubt” he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

We’ve been operating under the impression that Martin would not be fully healed by April 5 and that A.J. Ellis and Brad Ausmus would split catching duties for the Dodgers over the 2010 season’s first few weeks.  But, alas, Martin is scheduled to catch four innings of a minor league game Thursday and, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, could return to Cactus League action by early next week. 

The 27-year-old backstop turned in a disappointing .250/.352/.329 batting line last season with just seven home runs and 53 RBI in 505 at-bats.  He credits a platelet-rich plasma injection for helping him heal so quickly.  As far as we know those are perfectly legal.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.