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Martin DL Decision Looming for Yanks


Optimism has turned to doubt in New York.

While Derek Jeter’s calf grabbed most of today’s headlines, the Yankees will soon be forced to make a decision involving another starter.

Catcher Russell Martin has now missed four consecutive games due to back problems.  The New York Post is reporting the team will soon have to decide if they’re going to send Martin to the disabled list or try and have him simply play through the injury.

One coach seems to think some time off would be good for the backstop.

"“He’s been so beat up,” Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said. “It’s really unfair to judge. He basically busted up his toe twice. He’s basically swinging without his legs. Anytime you do that, you get into some funks.”"

Martin started off the year well for New York, holding a line of .293/.376/.587 through April.

The 28 year old sustained a toe injury during batting practice in the beginning of May and hasn’t been the same at the plate since.  Last month Martin was only able to manage an average of .200 and a .680 OPS.

His back is the latest issue to sideline Martin, and the team may be better off allowing the catcher time off to fully recover rather than having him play through the pain.

Francisco Cervelli has filled in behind the plate and would figure to get a majority of the starts if Martin was sent to the DL.