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Dodgers Roster Update: Russell Martin Resumes Baseball Activities

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DENVER, CO - APRIL 5: Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to first base against the Colorado Rockies after fielding a sixth inning bunt during the Colorado Rockies home opener at Coors Field on April 5, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

The Dodgers may be one step closer to getting one of their top catchers back. Dave Roberts told reporters that Russell Martin has resumed baseball activities en route to a return from a sore back that put him on the injured list.

Martin went on the injured list for a sore back after it flared up early in the year. He also sat out a few games during Spring Training when the same issue popped up taking reps in the cages. The Dodgers have been utilizing a tandem of Austin Barnes and Rocky Gale to fill out his time behind the dish.

Unfortunately, Barnes has been getting the lion’s share of the reps, and it has shown. Barnes is 2 for 25 since Martin hit the Injured List after a game in St Louis on April 8th. Rocky Gale has done an acceptable job behind the plate, but he essentially provides no offense at all. He has one hit in his eight at-bats since Martin went down.

Rus was seeing the ball well before his back flared up, with 5 hits in 15 at-bats. He had a homerun and a double to put his slash line at .333/.500/.600 on the year. When he returns, the Dodgers will likely go back to utilizing him every couple of days. Austin Barnes will still get the bulk of reps at catcher.

Martin also apparently has a plan to ensure that his back will not act up again, changing his approach when crouching to catch.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Thank you Brook Smith for mentioning since Martin has been on IL(injured-list), Barnes has been catcher majority of games, his hitting has fallen off the cliff i.e. has become an automatic-out! Rocky Gale was brought-up from AAA, but has Not provided any offensive help. Dodgers bring-up one of the kids, Will Smith or Keibert Ruiz, personally I would go with Smith(see if he can handle major league pitching).

    • Robin, I would give Justin the benefit of the doubt. He can turn it around. The other two, I agree completely. On Saturday the last three batters were Taylor, Barnes and Ryu. Russell can not carry a heavy load at this stage. Apparently we are not going to see either Ruiz or Smith.

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