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  1. Ellis is an interesting option; his .398 wOBA in 2008 (at AAA) was impressive, even coupled with a little BABIP luck. I would suggest that it is possible, however unlikely, that he could outhit Martin.

    Comment by OremLK — March 9, 2010 @ 8:30 am

  2. Some how, some way, Ausmus is still projected to be useful, even if it is hilarious CHONE projects him to get 319 PA.

    To be fair to Ausmus, congrats to him, only 393 players in history have gotten at least 7,000 PA. Sure he has the same wRC+ as Royce Clayton, but that’s still a perfectly good career. And FWIW, baseball prospectus rates him as an excellent catcher.

    Comment by Joe R — March 9, 2010 @ 8:33 am

  3. I think, if I am the Dodgers, that this is the perfect time to play Ellis and hope he plays well. If he does, and Martin looks healthy, then it’s possible to trade him (of course if you think Ausmus is a good enough backup).

    Comment by Joe R — March 9, 2010 @ 8:35 am

  4. With all due respect to both Martin and Guzman, news coming out of Twins camp that Joe Nathan might need Tommy John surgery is probably the most significant injury.

    That being said, thanks for the breakdown on the Dodger’s catching situation.

    Comment by Heather — March 9, 2010 @ 9:50 am

  5. Yeah I just read up on Guzman’s injury.
    Sad, quite the way to get your career ripped away from you.

    Comment by Joe R — March 9, 2010 @ 9:53 am

  6. Don’t trust the Dodgers to make a good decision on playing time.

    Comment by Coby DuBose — March 9, 2010 @ 10:11 am

  7. Yeah, guarantee Ausmus gets almost every game Martin is out.

    Unless of course Ellis goes 3 for 4 one day, then Torre will ride the hot guy, Belliard/Padilla style.

    Comment by Joe R — March 9, 2010 @ 10:19 am

  8. Worst injury of the Spring so far? Way to jinx the Twins…

    Comment by JoeN — March 9, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

  9. Yo Russell, Imma let you finish, but Joe Nathan has one of the biggest Spring Training injuries of ALL TIME.

    Comment by Pat — March 9, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

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