Dodgers’ Russell Martin goes to injured list with flareup of lower back issue

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Martin is on anti-inflammatory medication and Roberts said the team will be better to assess how much time he will miss after a few days’ rest.“Hopefully in the next coming days, it will dissipate,” Roberts said.To replace Martin on the active roster, the Dodgers promoted Rocky Gale from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Gale was 2 for 6 in three games with OKC to start the season. He was the choice over top catching prospects Keibert Ruiz or Will Smith because of the limited playing time available. Austin Barnes started eight of the first 13 games and will assume even more of the workload with Martin sidelined.“(Gale) is a great receiver and can execute a gameplan,” Roberts said. “I see him (Barnes) taking down the night games and Rocky with the day games. But we can change.“We’re going to lean on Austin but obviously still need to be mindful because we still have a long way to go.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I think we know the type of player he is,” Roberts said. “Obviously to go out there and do it is a different thing. But our intent all along … you have him up here as a young player to get at-bats, to get starts.”Before the four-game series in St. Louis, Roberts said he planned to give off days to Justin Turner, Corey Seager, A.J. Pollock and Cody Bellinger. Bellinger is the only one left and will likely not be in the starting lineup for the day game Thursday – meaning another start for Verdugo.“We’ve had a lot of conversations about giving himself the best chance to have success as a young player in the major leagues, a bench player and that’s to prepare and have a routine every day, to be ready for whatever is asked of him,” Roberts said. “So when things of – he should be starting more and this and that – gets cloudy in someone’s head, it gets foggy and that’s where it starts to go down. So for a young player to have clarity to go along with his enthusiasm, that leads to success.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 1-0, 6.75 ERA) at Cardinals (RHP Michael Wacha, 0-0, 1.54 ERA), Thursday, 10:15 a.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AMcenter_img ST. LOUIS — A lower back problem that has bothered him at times flared up again and landed Russell Martin on the injured list Wednesday.The 36-year-old Martin was sidelined briefly during spring training with the same issue and blamed it on overdoing a hitting drill. This time, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it flared up while Martin was taking ground balls during the team’s pre-game workout.“Talking to Russ, he’s had it happen before, most recently in spring training,” Roberts said. “It’s something where there wasn’t one specific incident. He was taking ground balls like he does all the time. Ball right at him, just bent over and it just sort of spasmed on him.“From what he says, it typically takes him a week to get back. So for us, it was a no-brainer with the IL.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Gale has played in 17 big-league games with the San Diego Padres (2015 and 2017) and Dodgers last year (three games).INJURED LEFTIESClayton Kershaw was scheduled to travel back to St. Louis on Wednesday and rejoin the Dodgers after pitching six innings for Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday. Roberts said the Dodgers have not decided yet whether Kershaw will start for them Sunday or Monday.“We’ll see which day makes the most sense,” Roberts said. “But the next step is to pitch for us.”Rich Hill is scheduled to throw a three- or four-inning sim game when the team returns to Los Angeles on Friday. The next step will likely be a rehab start in the minors next week and possibly activation from the injured list after that.“That’s what I expect to happen,” Roberts said. “Because his arm strength is good. I saw his bullpen yesterday, he’s throwing the heck out of it. To have one sim game, up and down a few times, see how he responds – I don’t see why he wouldn’t be ready to go out on a rehab and come back to us.”Hyun-Jin Ryu threw on flat ground Wednesday, testing his injured groin muscle. He will do the same on Friday in Los Angeles, likely with more intensity simulating his delivery.“He said he feels good,” Roberts said. “Hopefully he continues to improve and we’ll put him in a bullpen to get down the slope. Then hopefully he’ll be ready to go.”DOOGIE DAYSAlex Verdugo made his fourth start in six games Wednesday. The rookie outfielder started the season with seven hits in his first 16 at-bats, five for extra bases. But Roberts said that didn’t necessarily earn him more playing time.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img

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