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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 went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.
One of the hits was a double, which gives Martin four on the season. The RBI was a single into center that scored Justin Smoak to close the Red Sox lead to 4-3. It's been a very slow start to the season for the third-baseman/catcher, as even with the three-hit day his line still sits at .172/.294/.376 in 27 games for the 35-year-old veteran. May 13 - 5:33 PM

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

Martin homered Thursday, but he's batting just .151/.277/.360 overall this season and has been ceding a lot of starts to Luke Maile. Maile has now made 15 starts at catcher to Martin's 24.
May 11 - 3:39 PM

Russell Martin hit a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

The homer was Martin's third in his last seven games, giving him five on the year. Those five homers are nice, but they're part of just 13 hits in 25 games this year. Martin is hitting just .151/.277/.360 overall.
May 10 - 10:37 PM

Russell Martin went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Friday’s victory over the Rangers.

A big night for Martin, who entered Friday’s action 2-for-15 on the young season. He plated runs with singles in the third and fourth innings before taking Jesse Chavez deep in the sixth inning. It was his second home run of the season. Putting the ball in the air more often would make Martin more interesting in two-catcher mixed leagues, but the veteran backstop isn’t going to help fantasy owners in batting average and remains a poor bet to stay healthy as he moves into his age-35 season.
Apr 7 - 12:46 AM

Russell Martin hit a two-run homer in the seventh to help the Blue Jays beat the White Sox 4-2 on Monday.

Martin homered off Danny Farquhar to give the Jays a 3-2 lead, and Aledmys Diaz supplied some insurance in the form of a solo shot in the eighth. Martin's homer was his first. His average and OPS have tumbled three straight years, and as a 35-year-old catcher with quite a bit of mileage on his legs, it doesn't seem all that likely that he'll reverse the trend. Still, since he'll play a whole lot and hit in the middle of a quality lineup, there's the chance he'll have one more season of modest mixed-league value.
Apr 2 - 10:18 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Aledmys Diaz
3Gio Urshela
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Curtis Granderson
2Steve Pearce
3Dwight Smith Jr.
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Randal Grichuk
2Teoscar Hernandez
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Jaime Garcia
6Joe Biagini
7Sam Gaviglio
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Seung Hwan Oh
3Ryan Tepera
4Aaron Loup
5Tyler Clippard
6John Axford
7Jake Petricka
8Danny Barnes