Martin leaves game with thumb injury

Updated: July 17, 2010, 12:51 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ST. LOUIS -- Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin left Friday night's 8-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning after an injury to the thumb on his left hand worsened to the point Martin said it affected his ability to swing a bat.

Martin hadn't informed the team medical staff of the nagging issue, which he said he had been dealing with for several days and he believed was the result of constant pounding the hand takes when catching pitches behind the plate.

"I ...

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