Dodgers reap benefits of Brad Ausmus’ commitment

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By Steve Dilbeck
Los Angeles Times


Brad Ausmus was 41 years old. He had been catching in the major leagues for 17 years. Had already said that this was going be his final season.


And then during the first week of the Dodgers’ season, he suffered a herniated disk in his back. He had back surgery and was told that it would be at least three months before he could play again.


That would put him out until the end of July. For that, he was going to battle to come back? All just to sub for Russell Martin once every two weeks?


“Initially, I thought he was done,” Manager Joe Torre said. “Until I watched him come in here every day.


“To me, it was a challenge to him just to prove he could come back and be a player. Which doesn