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Russell Martin | Catcher | #55

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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 will not play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
Martin was expected to play shortstop for Team Canada. That would have been a career-first for the longtime backstop, but Jon Morosi of FOX Sports passes along that Martin will not be playing for Team Canada because he was not cleared for contract insurance. This will not effect his availability for spring training. Feb 8 - 9:13 PM

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Russell Martin will play shortstop for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Martin caught some flak for skipping out on the last WBC, but this time he's willing to do whatever he can to help Team Canada. Apparently that includes playing a new position. Martin has made 19 big-league appearances at third base and four at second base but has never played an inning of shortstop. "You go ahead and put me wherever you want," said Martin. Ryan Dempster, Freddie Freeman, Eric Gagne (seriously) and Justin Morneau are also slated to suit up for Team Canada in the WBC.
Jan 14 - 6:31 PM

Russell Martin homered and drove home the game's winning run in the 10th inning on Sunday as the Blue Jays completed their sweep of the Rangers in the ALDS with a 7-6 victory.

Martin clubbed a solo homer off of Colby Lewis in the first inning that gave the Jays an early 3-1 advantage. He then stepped to the dish with two men on and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning and hit a ground ball to the shortstop. Rougned Odor's throw to first base on the double play attempt pulled Mitch Moreland off of the bag, while Josh Donaldson raced never stopped, racing around third base and scoring the series-clinching run. The Jays will now wait to see where they'll open the ALCS on Friday.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 11:16:00 PM

Russell Martin (pinkie) is in the Blue Jays' lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday against the Rangers.

Martin required stitches after he sliced his left pinkie while celebrating Tuesday night's Wild Card Game victory over the Orioles, but he is starting at catcher and batting fifth on Thursday in Texas. "He’s all right," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "He’s a hockey player, man."
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 02:21:00 PM

Russell Martin needed a couple of stitches to close a cut on his left pinkie.

Martin injured his pinkie during Tuesday's raucous Wild Card victory celebration. Unless further word surfaces to the contrary, the veteran backstop should be fine moving forward. The Blue Jays and Rangers will square off in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 06:20:00 PM

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and four total RBI in Thursday's 7-2 win over the Angels.

Martin lofted a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to boost the Blue Jays to a 2-0 lead. He would do considerably more damage in the sixth, when he cracked a three-run home run off Jose Valdez with one out. The veteran backstop started out slowly this season, but has at least somewhat rebounded to his current triple-slash of .239/.334/.418 over 402 at-bats. He has homered in back-to-back contests to give him 19 long balls and 71 RBI for the year as a whole.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 01:30:00 AM

Russell Martin is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

Martin hit a two-run homer on Tuesday night, but he'll sit Wednesday with Dioner Navarro catching Marco Estrada and batting sixth versus Rays right-hander Alex Cobb. It's just a routine day of rest for Martin.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 11:03:00 AM

Russell Martin smacked a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

The catcher's dinger off of Drew Smyly in the sixth inning cut the Rays' lead to one at the time, but Tampa outscored Toronto 3-0 the rest of the way. It was Martin's lone hit on the night and his only hit over the last week.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 10:32:00 PM

Russell Martin (knee) has returned to the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

Martin sat out Friday's game after leaving Wednesday's contest with a left knee injury. He's back behind the dish and batting fifth for the Jays against Eduardo Rodriguez and the Red Sox on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 10:54:00 AM

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

Martin departed Wednesday's game with a left knee injury and the off day Thursday apparently wasn't enough to get him feeling good enough to play. The hope is that he'll be ready to go Saturday. Dioner Navarro is catching.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 03:40:00 PM

Russell Martin left Wednesday's game against the Yankees with a left knee injury.

He suffered the injury while batting in the seventh inning. Martin stayed behind the plate for a couple frames but was pinch-hit for in his next at-bat. He was 0-for-3 before exiting. The veteran catcher is hoping to be back in the lineup Friday after the Blue Jays' day off.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 11:06:00 PM

Russell Martin launched a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning of Sunday's win over the Rays.

With the game knotted at 3-3, Martin teed off on a Kevin Jepsen offering with one on and nobody out in the eighth inning. That swing gave the Jays a 5-3 advantage, one which the Rays were unable to overcome late. Martin has now homered three times in his last 10 games. For the season as a whole, the veteran backstop is slashing .247/.342/.422 with 17 homers and 64 RBI across 377 at-bats.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 04:48:00 PM

Russell Martin had an infield single to drive in a run and scored two runs Friday against the Rays.

Martin was probably sad to see August come to a close after hitting .286 with nine homers and 22 RBI, but his September is already off to a good start. His overall numbers are weighed down due to his slow start, but he has posted an OPS higher than .844 in each month dating back to June.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 10:24:00 PM

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

It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop. Josh Thole will get the call behind the dish and bat ninth for the Jays against Ervin Santana and the Twins on Saturday.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 11:07:00 AM

Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBI in Friday’s 15-8 victory over the Twins.

Martin cleared the bases with a double to left-center field in the sixth inning, but he didn’t stop there. He slugged a two-run homer one inning later, which served as the exclamation point on a five-run frame for Toronto. After hitting eight homers through his first 95 games this season, Martin has seven homers in his last 11 games.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Juan Graterol
4Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2Steve Pearce
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Gregorio Petit
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
4Richard Urena
5Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Melvin Upton
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Jose Tabata
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
7T.J. House
8Casey Lawrence
9Ryan Borucki
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Brett Oberholtzer
10Danny Barnes
11Gavin Floyd
12Dominic Leone
13Chris Smith
14Matt Dermody