Spring Training lifted off to a terrible start last week for Russell Martin as he's dealing with a groin issue and is listed as being out 4 to 6 weeks. Sounds like Martin will start the regular season on the DL. Martin's injury is listed as a strain but 4 to 6 weeks is significant time. Depending upon when your draft is in your league, do some research on Martin's health progress before your draft. Martin did show up to camp 25 pounds heavier although he claimed he added muscle but word is he also added some fat to his body.
As of now your guess is as good as anyone's if Martin will be ready in early April or even as late as late April - early May. Keep in mind groin injuries are very slow healing and it's very easy to re-injury them if you go too fast in one's rehab. The combination of this injury and the added extra pounds is definitely going to hurt Martin's stolen base potential, especially in the first half. In drafts, the stock price on Russell Martin took a huge hit. My advice, unless a lot changes between now and the end of Spring, look at Martin has a gamble as your # 2 catcher late in the draft for cheap dollars.
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