Dodgers catcher Russell Martin is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks after an MRI revealed a pulled groin.
Martin likely will miss Los Angeles’ regular-season opener on April 5 at Pittsburgh.
A.J. Ellis, who has just 13 career major league at-bats, will get the bulk of the catching duties with Martin out. The Dodgers also have veteran backup Brad Ausmus, who turns 41 in April.
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Martin first felt discomfort during a running drill a few days before the Dodgers‘ first spring game Friday. He started Friday’s game against the White Sox and played five innings, even stealing a base.