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Russell Martin | Catcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.
It's the second straight day off for Martin, who's been battling some soreness in his left leg. Josh Thole is catching in his place. Aug 28 - 3:32 PM

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Russell Martin is out of the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday afternoon against the Rangers.

Dioner Navarro will start at catcher and bat fifth in Toronto's series finale with Texas. It's just a day off for Martin, who's hitting .240/.329/.428 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 104 games this season for the Jays.
Aug 27 - 11:59 AM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

Martin has been battling some soreness in his left leg recently and the Jays recalled Josh Thole to serve as a third catcher. Thole is being paired with R.A. Dickey Sunday.
Aug 23 - 1:11 PM

Russell Martin admitted Wednesday that he's been playing through soreness in his left leg.

Martin was noticeably laboring in the late stages of Wednesday's loss to the Phillies. After the game, he said he's fine catching but his issue is with running. Despite his ailment, Martin said he's determined to avoid missing time down the stretch. Even so, Jays manager John Gibbons may give Martin a few more days off here and there to keep him fresh for a postseason run.
Aug 19 - 10:11 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Yankees.

It has become relatively standard for Martin to get his day of rest on Saturday when the team is playing an afternoon game after a night game. Dioner Navarro will work behind the dish and bat sixth for the Blue Jays against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees.
Aug 15 - 9:53 AM

Russell Martin is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup Thursday night versus the Twins.

Dioner Navarro will bat fifth and catch Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle. It's just a day off for Martin.
Aug 6 - 3:42 PM

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

It's just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop with a day game after a night game. Dioner Navarro will start behind the dish and bat sixth against Yordano Ventura and the Royals on Saturday.
Aug 1 - 11:00 AM

Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run as the Blue Jays easily handled the Athletics in Tuesday's win.

Martin doubled the Jays' lead to 6-0 in the sixth inning when he belted a three-run home run to left-center off of Kendall Graveman. It was a good sign as the veteran catcher had hit the skids, batting .129 (8-for-62) in his previous 19 games entering Tuesday. On the season, he's hitting .251/.335/.459 with 13 home runs and 44 RBI.
Jul 22 - 12:47 AM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting some rest. Dioner Navarro is catching in Martin's place.
Jul 19 - 12:04 PM

Russell Martin went 1-for-5 with an RBI double and two total runs driven in during Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Martin's RBI double in the seventh drew the boys from Canada to within 10-9 in the high-scoring contest. They would subsequently knot the score at 10-all on a Jose Reyes RBI single in the eighth before the Royals snatched away the game for good in the bottom of the frame. After signing with the Blue Jays in the off-season, Russell's hitting .251/.339/.457 with 12 homers, 41 RBI and 49 runs scored in 2015. He remains one of the better offensive catchers in the game.
Jul 12 - 5:53 PM

Russell Martin is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox.

He's likely just getting a day off. Dioner Navarro will start behind the plate and catch Marco Estrada.
Jun 30 - 3:47 PM

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

It's simply a day of rest. Dioner Navarro is catching in Martin's place.
Jun 19 - 3:56 PM

Russell Martin blasted a game-winning solo homer in the 11th inning on Saturday, powering the Blue Jays to a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox.

Martin finished the afternoon 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. He has been one of the top offensive performers at the catcher position this season, slashing .275/.359/.513 with 10 homers and 32 RBI.
Jun 13 - 5:04 PM

Russell Martin hit a go-ahead three-run triple and scored a run in Friday's 13-10 win over the Red Sox.

The Blue Jays were down 8-1 at one point in the game, but they scored three runs in the fifth inning before an insane rally in the seventh where the first nine batters all reached base and eventually came around to score. While it was his only hit in five at-bats Friday, Russell's triple served as the back-breaker for Boston. The Blue Jays have now won nine in a row.
Jun 12 - 11:23 PM

Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Sunday as the Blue Jays eked out a win over the Astros.

Martin ripped a two-run home run off of Collin McHugh in the fourth inning, giving the Jays a 3-2 lead. It's his first round-tripper since May 6. Despite the power drought, Martin still maintains a productive .267/.354/.483 with eight homers overall and 26 runs batted in.
Jun 7 - 4:29 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Maicer Izturis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Ben Revere
2Chris Colabello
3Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Marco Estrada
5Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Aaron Sanchez
3Brett Cecil
4LaTroy Hawkins
5Liam Hendriks
6Bo Schultz
7Mark Lowe