Dodgers 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.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.