The Yankees are considering placing Russell Martin on the disabled list, the New York Post reports.
Martin was scratched from Monday's lineup with back stiffness, marking his fourth consecutive game missed. At this point, the Yankees need to get help at the catcher's spot and can't afford to go day to day with Martin much longer. A decision has to be made soon, and it could result in Martin being placed on the disabled list.
Martin says he can play through it and an MRI came back clean, but is hitting .183 since the beginning of May, which has plunged his overall line to .232/.338/.429.
Hitting coach Kevin Long doesn't believe the back's been a problem all this time, though. Martin was hit in the toe during batting practice in early May, which was re-injured later in the month. That's the cause for Martin's decline, Long believes.
"He's been so beat up," Long said. "It's really unfair to judge. He basically busted up his toe twice. He's basically swinging without his legs. Anytime you do that, you get into some funks."
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