The Dodgers look like they will be turning to some of their backup catching options over the next couple of games. Russell Martin will be held out of games over the weekend due to soreness in his back. Dave Roberts made the announcement on Saturday.
Roberts said Russell Martin might be DH Monday after missing games with a sore lower back.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 2, 2019
It looks like Martin may have aggravated his back overdoing it in the batting cages over the last couple of days. The Dodgers turned to Rocky Gale to start Saturday’s game at Salt River against the Diamondbacks instead.
Martin had been having a relatively average spring up to this point, with two hits in his limited eight at-bats. He was signed on as a replacement for Yasmani Grandal who departed via free agency to Milwaukee.
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The plan up to this point has been to utilize a tandem of Russell Martin and Austin Barnes behind the plate this year. Both of those guys suffered through pretty terrible offensive seasons in 2018, but Martin did show signs of promise. He put up a positive 1.3 WAR despite hitting a lowly 194, mostly because of his high on base percentage.
The team will utilize him as a designated hitter before putting him back behind the plate this Spring.
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