Russell Martin C TOR 6 hours ago

Martin went 3-for-5 Saturday with two runs scored and a solo home run, his fourth blast of the season.

He's quietly starting to heat up at the plate, going .313 (10-for-32) over his last 10 games to get himself over the Mendoza Line. Martin's 15 runs and 14 RBI in 22 games are still very solid production for a catcher though, even with his currently weak batting average.

Russell Martin C TOR 2 days ago

Martin will bat cleanup Friday against the Indians.

Manager John Gibbons will move Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who have been hitting 2-through-4 since Jose Reyes hit the DL, up to occupy the first three spots in the batting order with Devon Travis out of the lineup. That will create an opening for Martin in the four-hole, a spot in which he's yet to log an at-bat this season. Martin is still batting .197 for the year but has hit safely in seven of his last eight games.

Russell Martin C TOR 4 days ago

Martin isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Martin will receive Wednesday off after starting four straight game. He's riding a six-game hitting streak into his day off, but hasn't collected more than one hit in any of the contests. He remains the Blue Jays' primary catcher, but Josh Thole will start behind the plate Wednesday, batting eighth.

Russell Martin C TOR 1 week ago

Martin is out of the lineup Friday against the Rays, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Martin will simply receive a day off after a long stretch of games behind the plate. It's a bit of a curious move to turn to the left-handed hitting Josh Thole with a lefty on the mound, but Martin likely just needs a day of rest.

Russell Martin C TOR 1 week ago

Martin will be out of the lineup for Friday's game in Tampa Bay, John Lott of the National Post reports.

The Jays have been using Martin to catch R.A. Dickey, but with Dioner Navarro (hamstring) hitting the disabled list, Josh Thole is now on the 25-man roster. While Thole has far more experience handling Dickey and will get the start Friday, manager John Gibbons said Martin may still have opportunities to catch the knuckle-baller. Martin figures to rejoin the lineup for games on Saturday and Sunday.

Russell Martin C TOR 2 weeks ago

Martin went 1-for-4 with a two RBI double in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Braves.

Martin is now riding a three-game hitting streak after starting the season 1-for-24. In the past three games, Martin has gone 4-for-11 with three extra base hits (a double and two home runs) with five RBI. While it is as difficult to draw conclusions from a three game sample as it was in the eight games prior, Martin is still one of the premier hitting catchers and good fantasy option in most formats.

Russell Martin C TOR 2 weeks ago

Martin went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs in Friday's 8-7 loss to the Rays.

After starting the season 1-for-24, Martin exploded for his first two home runs of the season. While his batting average is astoundingly low at .111, his on base percentage sits at a very respectable .306. While Martin won't hit two home runs every night, this is definitely a step in the right direction for him. He will continue to be a good play in most formats even while his bat is still coming around.

Russell Martin C TOR 2 weeks ago

Martin went 0-for-1 with a run scored and two walks in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Rays.

Martin's batting average still sits at .042, with just one hit to his name thus far, but the two walks boosts his on base percentage to .250. Good hitters like Martin will go through slumps throughout the course of the season, but I wouldn't expect him to hit this poorly for too much longer. Look for him to rebound this weekend against the Braves and he may be a good buy-low candidate.

Russell Martin C TOR 3 weeks ago

Martin is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.

Martin will simply take a day off following a rough seven-game stretch to begin the season (1-for-23 batting). Hopefully a day off will do the trick, as he'll likely rejoin the lineup Thursday.

Russell Martin C TOR 3 weeks ago

Martin went 0-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 10-7 victory over the Orioles.

Martin is now 1-for-16 on the season and is currently riding a four game hitless streak with at least one strikeout in every game. It's far too early to worry about Martin's long-term success and it's good to see Martin get into the box score in other ways, such as drawing two walks and even stealing a base, but a slash line of .063/.238/.063 is certainly head scratching. Martin should be fine going forward and his first series in Toronto, a strong hitters park, could be just what he needs to get back on track.