Russell Martin is down for the count for 4-6 weeks. The Dodgers should err on the side of caution, so we may not see Russell until May or June. That’s OK – at least he won’t “wear-down” this year. The workout regimen he went through this winter is extremely grueling. My 23-year-old son tried it for half a day and said it nearly killed him. I think that this is “just one of those things.” You eventually get hurt, sooner or later – we’ll see how Russell responds.
NEXT MAN UP!
That should be the Dodgers Mantra. The next men are Brad Ausmus and AJ Ellis. We know that Ausmus is not a regular, but he can catch 3 or 4 days a week, so don’t anoint AJ Ellis the heir-apparent to Martin. He is a very good (not excellent) receiver, but I have serious doubts about his hitting. He’ll have to show me that part of his game. He will certainly hit Number 8, so if Blake DeWitt wins the 2B job, we will have good balance with him at Number 7.
I hope he can hit, but even though Martin had a bad year, his OB% was almost .360. That’s not easy to replace. AJ Ellis has worked hard. He is 29-years-old and has been a career minor-leaguer. It will be great if he can “seize the day.” AJ Ellis is that guy who is every body’s friend, a guy you can count on, a guy who doesn’t have great talent, but maximizes it to the hilt. He’s not the serious leader Martin is, but he’s just “one of the guys.”
Never underestimate Russell Martin’s “intangables.”
You just never know about injuries – they can linger, or recovery can be amazing. I have no clue how fast Russ Martin will respond. Neither does anyone else.
Tony Jackson has a good article about AJ and a video with Ned about Martin.
NOTE: I am headed to Florida for a week (Convention) so I don’t know how much I’ll blog.