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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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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

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Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays.

Martin has been battling a stiff neck off and on for the past week, so he'll take a seat again on Saturday. Josh Thole will get the start behind the dish on Saturday and will bat ninth against opposing right-hander Chris Archer.
Apr 30 - 2:18 PM

Russell Martin (neck) is back in the Blue Jays' batting order Wednesday night against the White Sox.

Martin has been in and out of the Toronto lineup because of a stiff neck. It's nothing serious. The veteran catcher is off to a rough start this season, slashing just .154/.237/.173 in 17 games played. He'll try to get it going against Chicago lefty Jose Quintana.
Apr 27 - 3:37 PM

Russell Martin (neck) will sit again Tuesday.

And he might also sit out Wednesday ahead of Thursday's scheduled off day, but manager John Gibbons said he is not expected the absence to go on longer than that. Martin has been dealing with some neck stiffness. Josh Thole is behind the plate Tuesday versus the White Sox.
Apr 26 - 4:21 PM

Russell Martin (neck) is out again Monday versus the White Sox.

Martin has been battling some neck stiffness and the Blue Jays don't want the minor issue to turn into something major. Consider the veteran catcher day-to-day. Josh Thole is filling in and batting ninth.
Apr 25 - 3:34 PM

Russell Martin sat out Sunday's game as a precautionary measure as he continues to battle stiffness in his neck.

The team is trying to be smart about the situation and not push him too far and risk further aggravation. It doesn't sound as though it will require a trip to the disabled list, but expect Martin to see more than his usual rest until he gets the issue under control.
Apr 24 - 4:37 PM

Russell Martin (neck) was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup.

Martin played Saturday after exiting Friday's game with neck spasms, but he's evidently not totally over the ailment yet. Consider him day-to-day. Josh Thole is catching in his place.
Apr 24 - 12:02 PM

Russell Martin (neck) is in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

Martin was forced to leave Friday's game due to neck spasms, but he's feeling good enough to give it a go on Saturday. The 33-year-old backstop has struggled at the dish in the early going, slashing just .146/.236/.167 with no homers and three RBI in his first 16 games.
Apr 23 - 10:42 AM

Russell Martin (neck) said Friday that he believes he'll be able to return to the Blue Jays lineup on Saturday.

Martin was lifted from Friday's game against the A's due to neck spasms. It doesn't sound as though the issue is serious though, so expect to see him back behind the dish before the weekend is through.
Apr 22 - 11:34 PM

Russell Martin was removed from Friday's game against the Athletics due to neck spasms.

The Blue Jays are calling his exit purely precautionary. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him get an extra day of rest on Saturday before returning to the lineup. Martin had been 1-for-2 with a double and a strikeout prior to his departure.
Apr 22 - 9:40 PM

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

No surprises here, as Josh Thole serves as the personal catcher for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Look for Martin to get back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale.
Apr 9 - 10:48 AM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Monday night against the Rays.

Josh Thole will catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and bat ninth. The full lineup for the visiting Blue Jays versus Rays lefty Drew Smyly: Kevin Pillar CF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Chris Colabello 1B, Michael Saunders LF, Ryan Goins 2B, Josh Thole C.
Apr 4 - 3:13 PM

Russell Martin is starting at catcher and batting seventh for the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday.

Dioner Navarro caught Marco Estrada in Game 5 as he usually does, but Martin is back in there with David Price on the hill. The full Jays' lineup is as follows: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Chris Colabello 1B, Tulowitzki SS, Martin C, Kevin Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 04:03:00 PM

Russell Martin is back behind the dish for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday.

Martin sat out Game 1 in favor of Dioner Navarro, who has built a rapport with Marco Estrada. Here's how the Jays will line up for Game 2 on Saturday: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Chris Colabello 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Kevin Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 01:21:00 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Royals on Friday.

Dioner Navarro has blossomed into the personal catcher for Game 1 starter Marco Estrada, so Martin will be an option off the bench in this one. He'll be back behind the dish for Game 2.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 07:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Chris Colabello
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Roberto Osuna
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Bo Schultz
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Ryan Tepera
10Joe Biagini
11Chad Girodo