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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 hit his seventh home run of the year Sunday in the Blue Jays' win over the White Sox.
It was a game-tying two-run shot off James Shields in the bottom of the sixth inning. Martin is batting .225/.367/.406 in 42 games this season for Toronto. Jun 18 - 4:30 PM

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

It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop being a day game after a night game. Luke Maile will start in his place and bat ninth against Mike Pelfrey and the White Sox.
Jun 17 - 10:30 AM

Russell Martin hit a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Rays on Wednesday.

The longball off reliever Jose Alvarado came at a great time as the Blue Jays had just blown a three-run advantage in the top of the frame. It was Martin's sixth homer of the season. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored on the evening and is batting .227/.366/.394 for the year.
Jun 14 - 11:29 PM

Russell Martin (neck) remains out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Saturday.

Martin was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to a minor neck injury which also caused him to miss Thursday's contest. Luke Maile is starting behind the plate and batting ninth for the Jays against Jordan Montgomery and the Yankees on Saturday.
Jun 3 - 10:32 AM

Russell Martin is in Friday's lineup despite a minor neck injury.

It's apparently what kept him out of the lineup Thursday, but Martin is feeling well enough to give it a go Friday. He's catching Francisco Liriano.
Jun 2 - 4:48 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees.

Martin is just getting a breather. Luke Maile will slide in behind the plate and bat ninth in Thursday's series opener. Martin has hit .450 during his six-game hitting streak.
Jun 1 - 4:25 PM

Russell Martin went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and a walk as the Blue Jays crushed the Reds 17-2 on Monday.

Martin drove in three and scored three times. He was one of five Jays to collect at least three hits, joining Kendrys Morales, Justin Smoak, Devon Travis and Ezequiel Carrera. Only Kevin Pillar failed to join in the fun, finishing 0-for-6 from the leadoff spot.
May 29 - 11:49 PM

Russell Martin is starting at third base on Saturday against Yu Darvish and the Rangers.

As manager John Gibbons had indicated, both Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki are out of the lineup after returning on Friday. Martin's versatility allows him to play the infield and keep his bat in the lineup while not behind the plate. He's batting sixth on Saturday.
May 27 - 10:39 AM

Blue Jays activated C Russell Martin from the 10-day disabled list.

Michael Ohlman was designated for assignment in the corresponding move. Martin missed a little over a week with left shoulder irritation. He did not require a minor league rehab assignment. The four-time All-Star has had a difficult year offensively, batting just .197 with 28 strikeouts in 76 at-bats. He'll catch for Mike Bolsinger Saturday against Baltimore.
May 20 - 4:44 PM

Russell Martin (shoulder) played catch in the outfield Sunday.

He was shut down for a week with left shoulder irritation that's bothered him since spring training, but Martin has resumed activities again. Martin should be back before the end of the month.
May 14 - 11:52 AM

Blue Jays placed C Russell Martin on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder irritation.

Martin said it's an ailment that's bugged him since spring training and got worse following a recent collision. It's a bummer for Martin's fantasy owners that can no longer make roster moves for this week. Luke Maile should see the bulk of the catching duties in Martin's absence, and Mike Ohlman has been recalled.
May 8 - 4:38 PM

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

It's a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop. Luke Maile is starting in his place and will bat ninth against Jake Odorizzi and the Rays on Saturday.
May 6 - 1:04 PM

Russell Martin slugged a solo homer Thursday in the Blue Jays' loss to the Cardinals.

It was a no-doubter off Carlos Martinez in the top of the second inning. Martin also drew a walk and scored his second run of the game in the top of the sixth. The veteran catcher is batting .190/.347/.362 with three home runs and three RBI in 17 games this season.
Apr 27 - 5:27 PM

Russell Martin is starting at third base for the Blue Jays on Tuesday night in St. Louis.

It'll be his first start at the hot corner since 2013. Toronto has struggled to cover for the loss of star third baseman Josh Donaldson, who's been out with a calf strain since April 14.
Apr 25 - 5:06 PM

Russell Martin went 2-for-4 and homered for the Jays' only run of the game Monday.

Martin is 8-for-26 with a couple of homers in his last seven games, taking his average from .042 to .180. The two homers have been responsible for his only runs batted in of the year.
Apr 25 - 1:42 AM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Chris Coghlan
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dwight Smith Jr.
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Joe Biagini
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4J.P. Howell
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7Danny Barnes
8Jeff Beliveau
9Bo Schultz
10Glenn Sparkman
11Leonel Campos