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Dodgers none too happy with Russell Martin

As if they didn't have enough to worry about these days -- what with Manny Ramirez plotting an exit strategy out of L.A., and an embarrassing ownership divorce playing out in public -- the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday found out they will likely be without starting catcher Russell Martin for Opening Day, if not beyond.

Martin, a two-time all-star who suffered a 101-point drop in OPS in 2009, suffered a pulled groin during the Dodgers' Cactus League game Saturday, leaving observers to wonder whether the injury was related to his reported 20-pound weight gain over the winter. Among those observers, apparently, is Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti.

During a brief interview with reporters Sunday in Mesa, Ariz. -- where the Dodgers exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs was rained out -- Colletti never explicitly criticized Martin's conscious decision to bulk up over the winter with an intensive weight-lifting program. But he also did not try very hard to hide his displeasure.

"We can't tell anybody what's best for them," Colletti said. "They have to decide that on their own. Obviously, he decided that to come [into camp] in the condition he did is what was best for him. We were in communication with him throughout the winter, and then it went cold for a little bit of time. But he knows whats at stake here."

Colletti said he had no immediate plans to start looking for another catcher, and that A.J. Ellis, a 28-year-old with all of 12 games' worth of big league experience, will handle the bulk of the catching duties until Martin returns.

By Dave Sheinin  |  March 7, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
Categories:  Dodgers  
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Martin must have come into camp "in the best shape of his life."

Posted by: Nataholic | March 9, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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