Russell Martin
C TOR
6 days ago

Although Martin was not approved to play in the World Baseball Classic due to a contract insurance issue, Blue Jays management has no concerns about the veteran's health, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin underwent minor surgery on his left knee over the winter. The underwriters for the WBC didn't clear the backstop to play in this year's tournament, but Jays' general manager Ross Atkins insisted his organization had no concerns about Martin participating in the WBC. "Russ is an incredible athlete, incredible asset to Major League Baseball. He really wanted to play and I wanted that for him because he wanted that so badly. He's someone who takes such good care of himself, is an elite athlete, I'm sure he would have been fine," Atkins said. Management's reassuring words should end speculation that Martin suffered a setback with his knee.

Russell Martin
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Martin will not play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic due to not being cleared for contract insurance, Jon Morosi reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although the news may be disappointing for Martin, fantasy owners won't complain. The 33-year-old backstop appeared in 137 games last season, his most since 2009 as a Dodger. Without a clear backup option in Toronto, the veteran is slated for another grueling season behind the dish. Avoiding the WBC means Martin will have an extra month to ease into 2017 and start the campaign with fresh legs.

Russell Martin
C TOR
4 months ago

Martin (finger) is in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Shi Davidi of SportsNet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin received stitches in his finger following Monday's game, but will be back in action for Game 1 of the ALDS. Martin, who finished the regular season with a .231/.335/.398 line, went 0-for-4 Monday night.

Russell Martin
C TOR
5 months ago

Martin went 0-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and scored a run in Monday's win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Aside from racking up a few stats Monday, Martin was also an active participant in a pair of bench-clearing skirmishes. More important to fantasy owners, the struggling catcher notched his first RBI and first run since Sept. 20. Although Martin is hitting just .164 this month, he's been able to stay afloat due to good plate discipline. The veteran owns a decent .313 OBP thanks in part to the 15 walks he's drawn in September.

Russell Martin
C TOR
5 months ago

Martin is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

With knuckleballer R.A. Dickey taking the hill Friday, Josh Thole will take over behind the dish in place of Martin. Although he's been able to hit for some power, Martin has struggled in September, hitting just .147 with a .680 OPS and 16 strikeouts. He figures to take back over behind the plate Saturday.

Russell Martin
C TOR
5 months ago

Martin went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly against the Angels on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

He was a big part of what the Jays were able to do on offense, keeping up a hot stretch in which Russell has homered 11 times to go with a .280 average over 26 games. That's particularly outstanding in light of his awful .227 average with eight homers over his first 95 games this year. The 33-year-old backstop doesn't get many days off, making him a consistent and highly welcome lineup presence for fantasy owners down the stretch.

Russell Martin
C TOR
5 months ago

Martin hit his 18th homer of the season Tuesday, a two-run blast in a 6-2 loss against the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

Martin hit fourth for the Blue Jays on Tuesday, a demonstration of the faith Toronto has in their veteran catcher's bat. The blast gave Martin his 66th and 67th RBI of the season, best among AL catchers except for the Rangers' Johnathan Lucroy, who spent half the year in the NL. Martin also leads AL catchers in strikeouts, however, whiffing 133 times in 399 at-bats.

Russell Martin
C TOR
5 months ago

Martin (knee) is back behind the dish Saturday against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

He was held out Friday due to a knee issue, but it was apparantly fairly minor. After a slow start to the season, Martin has really come on of late. He is slashing .273/.384/.547 with 10 home runs in 164 plate appearances in the second half.

Russell Martin
C TOR
5 months ago

Martin (knee) is not in Friday's lineup against the Red Sox, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin reported feeling some knee pain during his at bats in Wednesday's game, and though there was some hope that the team's scheduled off day Thursday would be enough rest, he'll be held out with the ailment Friday. Going forward, Martin remains day-to-day while Dioner Navarro -- who's starting behind the plate and batting sixth Friday -- figures to fill in should he miss any more time.

Russell Martin
C TOR
5 months ago

Martin's knee was reportedly causing him troubles on every swing but didn't hurt while behind the plate, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin finished the contest 0-for-3, and while the knee may have played its part in his night, the veteran backstop hopes a day off Thursday will allow him to play again Friday. This is a situation worth monitoring, as persistent knee pain can be a problem for catchers.