Russell Martin has been placed on the Injured List and Rocky Gale has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take his place on the roster.

Lower back inflammation is not an injury that should keep Martin sidelined for an extended period of time, unless of course the severity of it is being downplayed.

Russell Martin has seen his fair share of at bats in his second go in a Dodger uniform as Austin Barnes’s primary backup. Martin has played in six games with 22 plate appearances and has slashed .333/.500/.600 which is obviously going to be a loss.

It helps that Austin Barnes has been setting the world ablaze with his bat, slashing .364/.500/.682. Barnes started a little over half of the Dodgers’ games so far and figures to know take up the lion’s share of starts.

The corresponding roster move was for Rocky Gale who spent time in the Dodgers organization last season. Gale has 22 career plate appearances at age 31 and is very defense-oriented considering a .091/.091/.227 slash line in the majors.

Overall, this presents a blow to the roster and the clubhouse and we wish Russell Martin a speedy recovery in whatever he is dealing with.