Martin sits for second consecutive day

Martin sits for second consecutive day

LOS ANGELES -- Russell Martin sat out for a second straight game Monday, saying he was banged up a bit. A.J. Ellis started in his place.

"Just getting another day and getting fully rested," Martin said. "It's just something that maybe one day can make me feel a lot better. I don't want to tell you what it is."

Martin has gone 4-for-21 during the Dodgers' homestead.

"Just watching him, his swing was getting bigger, longer," manager Joe Torre said. "You'd have to be in the dugout to experience the frustration sometimes when he comes in. It was just time I think to take a step back."

Third baseman Casey Blake took live batting practice for the first time since his back flared up and said afterward he was hopeful to play Tuesday. Blake hasn't played since Wednesday. He also took grounders at third base for the second straight day.

Torre said before batting practice it was possible Blake could be available Monday night if needed.