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Dodgers stuck with Martin injury

Posted on: August 5, 2010 12:02 am
Russell Martin The Los Angeles Dodgers today got bad news when learning that Russell Martin tore the labrum in his left hip. The injury plants him on the 15-day disabled list and may wipe him out for the season.

This makes Brad Ausmus the de facto starter, even though the club also recalled A.J. Ellis. Ellis has a tremendous eye, but is also 29 and has yet to nail down even a backup job in the majors. If the Dodgers were more concerned with getting its internal, viable options playing time, Ellis might be able to step into the breach. Instead, he's working on a .204/.286/.224 line in 58 plate appearances during an earlier stint. That comprises 82 percent of Ellis' major-league experience.

Ellis also has minimal time at Triple-A this season in the amount of 10 games, so it will be difficult for the Dodgers to justify putting him in the starting lineup, even if he is their best option. (As good as Ausmus has been defensively over his career, he's made just four appearances on the year prior to Wednesday's game thanks to injury and hit .218/.303/.296 in his last extended time at the plate for the Padres in 2008.)

Due to the ill-advised trading of Carlos Santana for Casey Blake in the 2008 season, the Dodgers suddenly find themselves with minimal depth at the catching position. (One can't assume Santana would have been barrelled over by the NL version of Ryan Kalish and been placed on the disabled list as well.)

The Santana-Blake deal was derided from Day One even though Blake has been a solid contributor for the Dodgers as Santana has morphed into one of the best prospects in the game. Compounding things is a deal the Dodgers made with the Royals, shipping Lucas May and an additional prospect for Scott Podsednik. Good job, Ned Colletti!

The Dodgers could, of course, strike to deepen their catching through a waiver trade, although it's unclear who would be on the block. Even the rebuilding teams don't have much flexibility in this area, so Mr. Ned has his work cut out for him. Given his track record, don't bet on a smart solution.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Aug 5, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2010 2:13 pm

Dodgers stuck with Martin injury

Evan Brunell is quick to point out "Given his track record, don't bet on a smart solution."  The Dodgers have made it to the NLCS the last two years.  Last I checked that was pretty good considering what moves he made.  Granted, it's quick to point out all the bad...but doesn't that say something?  C'mon Evan, yeah we lost Martin but it wasn't like he was knocking it out like his first few years.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:45 pm

Dodgers stuck with Martin injury

Could not have said it better myself. I have always thought the Colletti was still on the Giants payroll just to sabatage the Dodgers. The guy is a joke and one of if not the worst GMs in the sport.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:42 pm

Dodgers stuck with Martin injury

Are you kidding? Colletti is one of the worst GMs in the game. He has made so many terrible trades and give aways it is pathetic. He signed every washed up ex giant there was to sign just to give them money i think. He has traded away great prospects in the Dodgers system for mediocre nobody players that have not helped much and are in decline now (blake) The guy is a joke. 

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2010 12:19 pm

Dodgers stuck with Martin injury

This isn't an "unfortunate" injury, it's a stupid one, right up there with punching a dugout wall and breaking a hand. There was a close play at the plate and Martin didn't slide, breaking a rule taught to little leaguers starting at the age of seven. To go in standing up when the catcher is blocking the plate invites exactly what happened: injury. Wasn't Martin tagged out on the play? Ridiculous.

This Dodger team, if records were kept, is without a doubt the worst baserunning team ever. Several times they've lost runs because the guy heading home starts coasting, assumming he'll score without a play, only to have the trail runner get thrown out before he's crossed the plate.

Matt Kemp, although having great athleticism, has the worst baseball instincts I've ever seen. He repeatedly breaks in on hard hit balls to centerfield, allowing catchable balls to get over his head before he can recover. As a baserunner, he is completely clueless. Couple that with an admitted lazy attitude and you've got the recipe for underachieving.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2010 11:29 am

Dodgers stuck with Martin injury

I am a Dodger fan and although Colletti has been hamstrung he also has been horrible.  The decision to bring in retread Giants and veterans pass their prime has been absolutely killing the Dodgers.  George Sherrill, Garret Anderson, Ronnie Belliard, Jack Taschner etc etc are not major league ball players any more and should have been release much earlier.  Add to his inability to determine what prospects should be part of a deal and the Dodgers are realing.  Ultimately this is all Selig's fault for a letting a highly leveraged car lot salesman by one of the premier franchises in professional sports will someone elses money.  Every team in baseball calls the Dodgers ready to send them their mediocre players willing to pay their salaries if the Dodgers toss in more Carlos Santanas, Blake DeWitts, Edwin Jacksons, and it goes on and on.  McCourt needs to go with Colletti, Torre, Honeycutt and Mattingly following him back to the east coast.  When will the Dodgers have solid ownership again...they are the second biggest market in sports for goodness sakes and have the 3 highest payroll in their division.  Especially when you count that they are still paying Schmidt, Jones, Garciapparra and Manny when they aren't playing.

Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:44 am

Dodgers stuck with Martin injury

Its not as though Martin was producing at a high level. His receiving skills are ordinary, his defense is ordinary and his offense is below average. He is a dude that had a nice breakout season and then followed it up with air. If anything this will make the Dodgers realize just how little value Martin has Ausmus will perform at a similar level and establish that Martin is as over rated as they come.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:15 am

Dodgers stuck with Martin injury

Who the heck is Evan Brunell?  I am not a Dodger fan but (Ned) Colletti has done a good job with the limited parameters he has to deal with.  Abner

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:10 am

Dodgers stuck with Martin injury

 Compounding things is a deal the Dodgers made with the , shipping Lucas May and an additional prospect for .

There was no way of knowing this! If so Ned needs to share with us some lottery numbers!! LOL

There isn't going to be anyone available via trade. The Dodgers are stuck with Ellis and Ausmus starting the rest of the season. Ausmus may be able to start 4 games a week.

Its a very unfortunate injury but it happens!

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