Russell Martin ‘still not 100 percent’


Via Erik Boland and Brian Costello, new catcher Russell Martin told reporters after today’s pre-camp workout that he’s still not 100% recovered from the hip injury that ended his 2010 season in August, though he hopes to catch tomorrow and is expected to be ready by Opening Day. Martin suffered a hairline fracture in his right hip when he stepped on home plate awkwardly, however there was no damage to his labrum and he did not need surgery. He also told reporters that he’s shed 15 lbs. this offseason doing MMA training, which has helped his endurance. I know nothing of MMA or the kind of training it requires, but I imagine the hip is recovering well if doctors cleared him to do that.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Mike Myers says:

    So….is this good news or bad news?

    Still not healed = bad
    passing physical = good
    training in MMA = very good

  2. LGY says:

    mira cabron…

  3. Monteroisdinero says:

    He just needs to hang on until late May.

    Jesus is coming.

  4. theyankeewarrior says:

    Maybe Alfredo Aceves will try and get back into shape by MMA training. It sounds great for your back, collar bone and shoulder.

    In all seriousness, I assume, it was MMA workouts that he was doing, and not the actual combat. That would be outrageously dumb for someone recovering from injury.

    • Poopy Pants says:

      It says MMA ‘training’, not ‘fighting’.

      • theyankeewarrior says:

        Yes. This is my point. I assume there are many forms of MMA ‘training’ that involve various levels of physical combat/contact. And I also assume that he took part in none of them.

    • BavarianYankee says:

      maybe Ace already did that because the Red Sox signed him. Heard Aceves will fight Martin between innings when we play the Sox XD

  5. LarryM.,Fl. says:

    How do you pass a physical and not be healed? And sign a 5,000,000 contract? I guess we shall see!

  6. Bulldozer says:

    I guess this means that our pitchers will be ok pitching inside with Russell the Muscle behind the dish.

  7. Jake says:

    Fight! Fight! Fight!

  8. cano is the bro says:

    Thats awesome, MMA fighters have some of the best cardio in the world. As long as Martin’s hip is recovering then why do some MMA training?

  9. Crosetti32 says:

    MMA training…nice! Good to have a catcher with some MMA training when the yanks need to brush someone off the plate.

  10. Accent Shallow says:

    This is bad news.

    How bad? Time will tell.

  11. It'sATarp says:

    Great news for Montero though

  12. Johnny O says:

    FWIW, the ESPN Ny blog quotes Martin as saying the hip isn’t the problem, it’s the knee he had minor surgery on in December. Range of motion is the issue there. It’s also encouraging to hear he got to Tampa a few weeks early.


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