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Matt Kemp welcomes A.J. Ellis back to the team
Matt Kemp welcomes A.J. Ellis back to the team

The Dodgers will be effectively playing with 23 men tonight against the Padres, writes David Lassen of the Press Enterprise:

With Rafael Furcal unavailable -- and the same likely to be true of Russell Martin, although the Dodgers don't yet have a report from today's MRI -- it appears Joe Torre will be working with a 23-man roster tonight.

And, with Martin's status uncertain, the Dodgers made a move to ensure they'd have a backup catcher, recalling A.J. Ellis from Albuquerque and sending down outfielder Xavier Paul.

"We just needed to do that for protection," said Torre, "because even if Russell is not going to be (going to the disabled list) it's still going to be a few days."

Furcal is going to miss several days with the back problem that flared up after Monday's game. "He's probably going to be (out) the rest of this week," Torre said. "Hopefully by the time we go the road, he'll be a player for us."

UPDATE: Russell Martin's MRI results came back and the results were not good:

Martin to the DL with a right hip labral tear. He'll be reevaluated tomorrow. Reed Johnson activated for tonight's game.

Here are the lineups:

Padres Dodgers
2B J.Hairston
LF Podsednik
SS Tejada 2B Theriot
1B Gonzalez RF Ethier
RF Ludwick CF Kemp
3B Headley 3B Blake
C Torrealba
1B Belliard
LF Venable
SS Carroll
CF Denorfia C Ausmus
P LeBlanc
P Padilla

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