Russell Martin
C/DH TOR
7 hours 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/DH TOR
2 weeks 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/DH TOR
2 weeks 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/DH TOR
2 weeks 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/DH TOR
2 weeks 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/DH TOR
3 weeks 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/DH TOR
3 weeks 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.

Russell Martin
C/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Martin is out of the lineup Monday against the Yankees, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is on the hill for the Jays in the series opener, so as per usual, Martin will give way to Josh Thole behind the plate. Look for Martin to return to the lineup Tuesday.

Russell Martin
C/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Martin hit a two-run home run in in the first inning Wednesday to extend the Blue Jays' early lead over the Orioles, helping them to an eventual 5-3 win.

EDGE Analysis

The home run was Martin's 16th of the season, and the RBI brought his total to 61. He's still hitting just .247, but he represents a solid power option at the catcher position, his 61 RBI being second best in the AL after only Jonathan Lucroy.

Russell Martin
C/DH TOR
1 month ago

Martin is not in the lineup Saturday against the Twins, John Lott of Vice Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager John Gibbons said Martin will get the day off, noting that he's "beat up" from catching each of the last three games. The plan is for Martin to serve as the DH Sunday, with Josh Thole making a second straight start behind the plate.