Mar 25, 2010, 8:03 PM EST
Russell Martin, slowed early in camp by a pulled groin, caught four innings of a minor league game on Thursday and reported no pain or discomfort, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez.
The outing went so well, in fact, that he’s already slated to catch six innings of a Triple-A exhibition game on Friday afternoon. Martin compiled an ugly .250/.352/.329 batting line last season with just seven home runs and 53
RBI in 505 at-bats. He’s hoping to turn his career around this year and expects to be ready by the start of the regular season.
If it doesn’t work out, and he’s not available on Opening Day, look for 28-year-old A.J. Ellis and 40-year-old veteran Brad Ausmus to split time behind the plate in his absence.
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