Catcher John Martin Severely Injured

Playing on a back field at Dodgertown, catcher John Martin suffered the first serious injury of the season for a Dodger player- one that no doubt ended his season and one that seemed for a time might well cost him his career.

Martin was catching in an extended spring game against the Marlins who loaded the bases in the sixth inning. The next batter hit a short two-hopper to third baseman Brian Mathews, who threw home in an attempt to get the forceout there.

However, his throw glanced off the helmet of the baserunner and was deflected into the left eye of Martin, who had thrown his mask away and was blocking the plate.

The throw crushed the bones around his eye socket as Martin fell in a heap for the runner crashed into him at the same time. He was taken to Indian River Hospital where doctors feared for a time that they might have to remove his eye.

He was then transported to a hospital in Melbourne where a specialist was brought in and he was able to save the eye.

Martin will still need an operation to help repair the damage but there is a great deal of swelling around the area so they will have to wait until it is reduced before proceeding further. In the meantime, he remains in his room at Dodgertown.

Martin is a 24-year-old, 6-2, 205-pounder from Shawnee, Kan., who was drafted in the 24th round from Emporia State in 2006. Last year, he hit .256 with one home run in 42 games for Ogden.

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