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Russell Martin | Catcher | #55

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Chipola (FL) JC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 17 (0) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Russell Martin smacked a three-run blast in Saturday's 13-8 win over the Twins in Grapefruit League action.
He went deep off Tyler Duffey with Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales on base in the fifth inning. It was his second homer of the spring. The 35-year-old catcher is capable of being a fairly good fantasy option -- especially in on-base percentage leagues -- if he can stay on the field. He suffered an oblique injury last year and played in only 91 games, batting .221/.343/.388 with 13 homers and 35 RBI. Mar 3 - 5:22 PM

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Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

The Jays have been careful with Martin's playing time since he returned from a strained oblique. Raffy Lopez is catching Friday. Justin Smoak is also sitting out, as Kendrys Morales is at first base and Jose Bautista is in the designated hitter spot.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 10:27:00 AM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Yankees.

It's not a surprise to see the veteran backstop sitting on a day game after a night game. Raffy Lopez will do the catching for the Jays and will bat ninth against Sonny Gray and the Yankees.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 01:53:00 PM

Russell Martin socked a two-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka in Friday’s win over the Yankees.

Martin went 1-for-4 on the night. The homer was his first since missing a month with a left oblique strain. The 34-year-old has been limited to just 87 games this season while batting .223/.348/.390 with 13 homers and 32 RBI over 87 games.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:04:00 PM

Russell Martin was scratched from the Blue Jays starting lineup on Thursday.

Martin was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday after missing a month of action with an oblique strain. It doesn't sound like a recurrence of his injury, just the club easing him back into action. Raffy Lopez will start in his place.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 06:24:00 PM

Russell Martin (oblique) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday against Baltimore.

Martin was activated off of the 10-day disabled list Tuesday after missing a month with a strained oblique. For the year, he's hitting .223/.354/.381 in 81 games with Toronto.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 04:06:00 PM

Blue Jays activated C Russell Martin from the 10-day disabled list.

Martin missed a month of action with a left oblique strain. The veteran catcher has batted .223/.354/.381 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI in 81 games this season.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 04:32:00 PM

Russell Martin (oblique) took batting practice Monday and could be activated within the next few days.

Martin has been out of commission for the last month with a strained left oblique, but it sounds like he'll be ready to go later this week. He's hit .223/.354/.381 with 12 homers for the Blue Jays this season.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 05:14:00 PM

Russell Martin (oblique) has begun workouts at the Blue Jays' spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida.

Martin has been on the disabled list since August 12 and is doubtful to return before mid-September, but the Jays are hopeful he's not done for the season. Miguel Montero and Raffy Lopez will continue to handle catching duties for Toronto, with a little Luke Maile sprinkled in.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 08:47:00 PM

Blue Jays placed C Russell Martin on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

The veteran backstop sustained the injury during Friday's game against the Pirates. The Jays will lean on the duo of Raffy Lopez and Michael Ohlman behind the dish until Miguel Montero is ready to return.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 11:05:00 AM

Russell Martin was removed from Friday's game against the Pirates due to a left oblique strain.

Oblique injuries tend to linger and often lead to trips on the disabled list. While the severity of the injury remains unclear at the moment, expect the veteran backstop to at least miss a couple of games.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 09:51:00 PM

Russell Martin was removed from Friday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury.

Martin was catching the warm-up pitches from Jays' starter Marcus Stroman prior to the second inning when he shook his head and called out the training staff. He was replaced by Rafael Lopez. The Blue Jays should have an update on his status shortly.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 07:28:00 PM

Russell Martin is getting the day off Wednesday afternoon against the White Sox.

Miguel Montero will start at catcher and bat eighth versus White Sox left-hander Derek Holland. It's a routine breather for Martin, who drove in two runs in Tuesday night's 8-4 victory.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 11:26:00 AM

Russell Martin hit his 10th home run of the season Monday in the Blue Jays' win over the A's.

It was a first-inning solo shot off Oakland starter Chris Smith. Martin also singled in the game, finishing 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. He's slashing .222/.358/.383 this year.
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 10:01:00 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Miguel Montero will start in Martin's place.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 10:11:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
3Danny Jansen
4Reese McGuire
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Yangervis Solarte
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Aledmys Diaz
3Richard Urena
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Curtis Granderson
2Steve Pearce
3Teoscar Hernandez
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Randal Grichuk
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Jaime Garcia
6Joe Biagini
7Deck McGuire
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Danny Barnes
3Ryan Tepera
4Aaron Loup
5Seung Hwan Oh
6Matt Dermody
7Tim Mayza
8Al Alburquerque
9Tyler Clippard
10Luis Santos
11Rhiner Cruz
12Jake Petricka
13John Axford
14Craig Breslow