Dodgers lacking offense from catchers

Dodgers lacking offense from catchers

ATLANTA -- Catcher Russell Martin's diminishing offense has been under scrutiny for the past two seasons.

But since he went on the disabled list Aug. 4 with a season-ending hip injury, the Dodgers have gotten even less offense from the position.

Martin, a former Silver Slugger Award winner, was hitting .248 with five home runs, 26 RBIs and 45 runs. Backup Brad Ausmus and callup A.J. Ellis are a combined 4-for-34 (.117) with no homers, one RBI and two runs scored since Martin was injured.

"Offense from the catching spot has been very light right now," said manager Joe Torre. "I don't see any way that's going to change. Not to say they won't get a hit or knock in a run, but we don't have the threat of what Russ can do."

Only days before Martin's injury, the Dodgers traded Lucas May to the Royals in the Scott Podsednik deal. But Torre said, "May wasn't going to be that guy."

May will be out of options next season and the Dodgers felt the converted infielder still needed work on his defense to be Major League playable.