Russell Martin has officially been pegged as the Dodgers replacement for Yasmani Grandal.
The defensive-minded back-stop was a key addition of the offseason and now, the 36-year-old former Dodger turned two time Dodger, will pair off with Austin Barnes behind the plate in 2019.
But, Martin, like Kershaw, has been held out of workouts with an ailment of his own. Martin has been dealing with a sore back.
Until recently, Martin has stayed away from the playing field simply keeping his workouts to the backlots and in catching bullpen sessions.
Martin has been responsible for catching Walker Buehler who is ramping up still for the season and he has worked out other pitchers as well.
Today, it was reported that Martin was a full participant in the Dodgers’ workouts and he was feeling much better than in previous days.
Dave Roberts shared that Martin will bat today and could be back in game action as soon as this Sunday when the Dodgers take on Colorado.