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Russell Martin | Catcher | #55

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Chipola (FL) JC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 17 (0) / LA
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Russell Martin (knee) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday versus the Padres.
He will start at catcher and bat sixth after missing the Blue Jays' entire weekend series against the Mariners because of a minor knee injury. Martin is slashing .228/.317/.338 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 81 games this season for Toronto. Jul 25 - 3:35 PM

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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday that Russell Martin (knee) is feeling much better.

Martin sat out Friday's game due to a minor knee injury. He's out again on Saturday, but that's a product of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey being on the hill for the Jays. Look for Martin to be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale against the Mariners.
Jul 23 - 10:51 AM

Russell Martin is not in Friday's lineup due to a minor knee injury.

He's sit out Saturday, as well, although that was already going to happen with R.A. Dickey starting. Martin hurt his knee when he got lightheaded in a sauna and slipped and fell. Really. Josh Thole will catch Friday and Saturday.
Jul 22 - 4:35 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

As always, Josh Thole will catch for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Martin went 1-for-5 last night in his first game of the second half. He's only hitting .227 this year and has been a difficult player to trust in fantasy.
Jul 16 - 1:38 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

Josh Thole always catches for R.A. Dickey so this shouldn't come as a surprise. Martin is having a tough year for the Jays. So far he's batting just .222 with 79 strikeouts in 230 at-bats.
Jul 5 - 4:02 PM

Russell Martin was a monster in Sunday's 17-1 win over the Indians, launching a three-run homer and finishing out with five RBI.

Martin took Indians ace Corey Kluber deep for a three-run homer in the first inning and would go on to secure a pair of RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings. The veteran backstop led the Jays with his five RBI, but this was an all-inclusive party -- Troy Tulowitzki drove in four on the afternoon, Edwin Encarnacion three. The boys from Toronto finished with a silly 18 hits as a team. For his part, Martin is slashing .225/.313/.339 with seven homers and 34 RBI across 226 at-bats. He has picked up eight hits over his last five games.
Jul 3 - 4:32 PM

Russell Martin is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies.

Not a surprise after how Tuesday's game played out. Josh Thole will start behind the plate and catch Aaron Sanchez.
Jun 29 - 1:48 PM

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Martin struck early, smashing his three-run homer off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray in the first inning. He would not find another hit on the afternoon. For the season, the veteran backstop owns a .218/.304/.335 triple-slash with six homers and 28 RBI over 197 at-bats. Martin's season has been a disappointment to date, especially given that he launched a career-high 23 home runs in 2015.
Jun 22 - 7:45 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

It's nothing more than a regular day off with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on the hill. Josh Thole gets the call in his place and will bat ninth against Yovani Gallardo and the Orioles.
Jun 18 - 12:44 PM

Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

Martin had a run-scoring single in the third inning before swatting an RBI double in the eighth. That's now seven consecutive games in which Martin has at least one RBI, giving him 25 RBI on the season. The backstop has been a disaster offensively for much of the year -- a good stretch in recent weeks only now has his average above the Mendoza line -- as he's hitting .214/.300/.313 overall.
Jun 16 - 11:54 PM

Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

The Blue Jays held a 7-1 lead after three innings, but the Orioles would climb to within 7-6 following the conclusion of the fifth inning. Martin would clock his three-run homer in the sixth to give the Blue Jays the slightest bit of breathing room. They would need it, as that 7-1 lead eventually turned into a nail-biter of a 10-9 win. Three-run homer aside, Martin's bat has yet to catch fire. He is slashing an unfortunate .208/.286/.306 with just two doubles, five homers and 21 RBI in 55 games. Martin owners playing in any sort of deeper league likely won't find a better replacement on waivers, though, making him a plug-and-pray fantasy option.
Jun 12 - 5:25 PM

Russell Martin homered and drove home three runs on Saturday as the Blue Jays rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Red Sox 10-9 on Saturday.

Martin blasted his homer off Rick Porcello in the sixth inning, pulling the Jays to within three runs at 7-4. He added an RBI single as part of a four-run uprising to tie the game in the eighth inning. His biggest contribution came with two-outs in the ninth inning, where his RBI double plated the tying run off Craig Kimbrel. Martin then came around to score the winning run on a single by Devon Travis. He finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI, raising his season slash to .194/.260/.273 to go along with three homers and 14 RBI.
May 28 - 6:33 PM

Russell Martin finally busted out of his power slump and hit a pair of homers in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

Martin had one extra-base hit, a double, in 136 plate appearances prior to Wednesday, but he took Ivan Nova deep for a solo shot in the sixth and followed up with a two-run homer off Chasen Shreve in the seventh. It's important to note that his neck has hindered his playing time and his overall performance in 2016. Although his neck stiffness won't magically disappear, Wednesday's big performance hopefully will kick off a positive run of play from Martin, who is now only hitting .181/.248/.236 on the season.
May 25 - 10:18 PM

Russell Martin looped a walk-off single over the head of Nomar Mazara in right field to secure a 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.

Martin took reliever Tony Barnette to deep right field with the bases loaded to plate the winning run. It's been a difficult season for the 33-year-old catcher, as he's dealt with neck stiffness that has kept him from playing everyday and has hindered his abilities at the plate. He's hitting .169/.241/.183 and has just one extra-base hit all year, though his walk-off single would've been a double in any other situation.
May 4 - 10:25 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Russell Martin (neck) isn't ready to play in back-to-back games yet.

He's been battling neck stiffness for the past week. "He's not 100% that's for sure," said Gibbons. "He's gutting it out, really is what he's doing. But you can tell he's favouring it." Josh Thole is getting the start Saturday but Martin should be back behind the plate Sunday with Marcus Stroman on the mound.
Apr 30 - 4:19 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Aaron Sanchez
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Franklin Morales
7Jesse Chavez
8Gavin Floyd