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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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

Depth Charts

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
2Junior Lake
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Drew Storen
3Brett Cecil
4Jason Grilli
5Joe Biagini
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Chad Girodo