UPDATE: Russell Martin has MRI, out 4-6 weeks

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UPDATE: Dodgers manager Joe Torre told Hernandez this afternoon that Martin is out four-to-six weeks.  It’s highly doubtful that he will be recovered in time for Opening Day.

10:25am: Hernandez hears that Martin’s MRI showed a “little strain” in his lower abdominal area.  He’s expected to sit out the next few spring games.

9:14am: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Dodgers catcher Russell Martin felt a “twinge” in his groin area Saturday and was taken to a local hospital for an MRI.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre insisted that the test was precautionary when he spoke to reporters yesterday, but there’s no way of truly knowing the severity of the injury until the MRI results are revealed (likely sometime this afternoon).

“Hopefully, it’s nothing more than [something] that will get better with
a little rest,” Torre said Saturday. “But we’ll see.”

Martin, 27, is in desperate need of a bounce-back year.  He batted a measly .250/.352/.329 last season with seven home runs and just 11 stolen bases in 588 plate appearances.  In 2008 he swiped 18 bases, and in 2007 he nabbed 21.  The man is a .276/.368/.407 career hitter over four major league seasons.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.