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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Sep 29 - 10:27 AM

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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.
Sep 23 - 1:53 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.
Sep 22 - 10:04 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.
Sep 14 - 6:24 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.
Sep 13 - 4:06 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.
Sep 12 - 4:32 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.
Sep 11 - 5:14 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.
Sep 5 - 8:47 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.
Aug 12 - 11:05 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.
Aug 11 - 9:51 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.
Aug 11 - 7:28 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.
Aug 2 - 11:26 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.
Jul 24 - 10:01 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.
Jul 16 - 10:11 AM

Russell Martin went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Blue Jays best the Astros 7-4 on Thursday.

Martin went opposite field for a solo homer in the sixth inning, his ninth of the season. Since America celebrated its independence, the Canadian catcher is 6-for-14 with two homers, three RBI and five runs scored. Coincidence? Probably, but a good three-game stretch for the 34-year-old nevertheless. Through 57 games, Martin is hitting .228/.373/.402 overall.
Jul 7 - 1:18 AM