Jason KimCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 21:  Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks to the dugout after striking against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin is reported that he pulled his groin muscle, and will likely miss 4-6 weeks.

He was a big part of the Dodgers lineup last year, that included players such as Ramirez, Loney, Kemp, and more.

Since the Dodgers overall is worse than last year's team because of the loss of a bat in Thome, speed of Pierre, and Garland, only Padilla and Kershaw is left to lead the rotation. People were having doubts that the Dodgers could repeat and get to the playoffs again this year because of these facts. To compete, all said that a lot of the players on the Dodgers had to step up, and one of those players was Russell Martin.

Because of Martin's injury, the Dodgers will have a rough beginning. I know they still have Ramirez, Loney, Kemp, and Ethier, but that isn't enough to compete.

There is no dependable starter that can replace Martin for the first couple of games of the season. The best candidate is veteran Brad Ausmus, but he can't really hit, only field well. It will take Martin some time to return to the ML level after the injury, so it isn't only something like 2 games he'll miss.