Blue Jays place Russell Martin on the disabled list

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The Blue Jays have placed catcher Russell Martin on the 10-day disabled list with nerve inflammation and weakness in his left shoulder, Jays play-by-play broadcaster Mike Wilner reports. The Jays purchased the contract of catcher Michael Ohlman from Triple-A Buffalo to take Martin’s roster spot.

Martin initially suffered the injury in a collision during spring training and it has bothered him since. Through 96 plate appearances, Martin is hitting .197/.365/.342 with three home runs and seven RBI.

Luke Maile should see most of the starts behind the plate with Martin absent.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.