Hip injury lands Russell Martin on DL

Updated: August 5, 2010, 2:20 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin was put on the 15-day disabled list just before game time Wednesday night after an MRI on his right hip showed a torn labrum. A definitive prognosis won't be made for at least another day or two because Martin is scheduled for further testing Thursday, including a CT scan.

The worst-case scenario is that Martin will need surgery to repair the tear, something that probably would end his season.

"If he were to have surgery, yes, that would probably be true," Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said, adding that 99 percent of such procedures are arthroscopic but that it is premature to say that would be the case for Martin or even if Martin would have surgery at all.

For now, Martin is on crutches, a precautionary measure to keep weight off his right leg.

"He will be on crutches for at least two to three weeks," Conte said.

Outfielder Reed Johnson was activated from the 15-day disabled list to take the roster spot vacated by Martin.

Martin injured his hip when he stepped awkwardly with his right leg after being tagged out at home plate in the second inning of Tuesday night's game against the San Diego Padres. Martin came in standing up and ran through the plate as Padres catcher Nick Hundley tagged him. As he reached the grass to the right of home plate, Martin turned to look back, and that was when he took the fateful step.

In anticipation Martin could be lost to the DL, the Dodgers took the precautionary measure of recalling catcher A.J. Ellis from Triple-A Albuquerque late Tuesday night. Ellis arrived at Dodger Stadium several hours before Wednesday night's game.

Brad Ausmus, the Dodgers' 41-year-old backup catcher who plans to retire after the season, caught all nine innings of Wednesday night's 9-0 win over the Padres. Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Ellis probably will catch Thursday night's series finale with the Padres, and that Ausmus and Ellis will split the catching duties fairly evenly in Martin's absence.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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