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Russell Martin Heads To DL With Torn Labrum

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Dodgers' catcher Russell Martin was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career after it was discovered he had a torn labrum in his right hip.  

Martin suffered the injury in the second inning Tuesday night, trying to tag up from third to score on a flyout by Jamey Carroll. Martin came in standing up, lost his balance after being tagged out by Padres catcher Nick Hundley and made an awkward landing on his right foot, apparently jamming the top of his leg into the cartilage-like material that insulates the inside of the hip joint.

The Dodgers believe the injury is new and unrelated to a muscle problem Martin had in Spring Training, which was diagnosed as a groin strain. Labral tears are often associated with referred pain and stiffness in the groin.

The Dodgers promoted catcher A.J. Ellis from Triple-A Albuquerque to take his spot in the meantime.