Russell Martin expects to be ready for the start of spring training
The results of a CT scan that Russell Martin underwent last week in Los Angeles have the catcher convinced that he will “absolutely” be ready for the start of spring training, according to his agent. Martin suffered a season-ending hip injury in early August.
“The fracture was healing,” said Martin’s agent, Matt Colleran. “They expect he’s going to resume his regular baseball workouts soon and be ready for spring training.”
Colleran said Martin has been working out in Montreal with a personal trainer. He has started to run on a low-impact treadmill and expects to be able to resume full weight-bearing running in the “next couple of weeks.”
The Dodgers have remained in regular contact with Martin to oversee his off-season workouts, but Colleran said they have not yet talked him about their plans for him for next year.
Martin’s health is one of the factors the Dodgers will consider when deciding whether to retain him. Another is cost. Martin, who earned $5.05 million last season, is eligible for arbitration, meaning he could earn somewhere around $6 million if the Dodgers tender him a contract.
Martin’s increasing salary and declining offensive production make him a candidate to be traded or non-tendered and made a free agent.
Colleran reiterated Martin’s long-standing wish to remain a Dodger.
“He loves L.A.,” Colleran said. “He’s been part of the Dodger family for a long time. Until he’s told differently, that’s where he expects to be.”
-- Dylan Hernandez