Russell Martin
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1 day ago

Martin is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres, according to Sportsnet's Barry Davis.

EDGE Analysis

Martin started the last two games, but he will be held out Wednesday with R.A. Dickey getting the start for the Blue Jays. Josh Thole will catch Dickey as he regularly does.

Russell Martin
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3 days ago

Martin's knee continues to improve, and he's in the lineup Monday against the Padres, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. "All indications are that he's pretty good," manager John Gibbons said.

EDGE Analysis

Martin missed the previous three games after falling in a sauna, but it appears as though he's mostly moved past the issue. Gibbons intimated that Martin would again be in the lineup Tuesday before a potential maintenance day Wednesday.

Russell Martin
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4 days ago

Martin (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Martin is still tending to a knee injury stemming from a mishap Friday in the clubhouse sauna and will be unavailable for the third straight game. The Blue Jays don't appear worried yet that Martin is at risk of a DL stint, but if his absence extends further into the week, the team may need to add a catcher from the minor-league ranks.

Russell Martin
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5 days ago

Martin (knee) is out of the lineup again Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Martin missed Friday's game after getting lightheaded in the sauna Thursday, and subsequently falling and hurting his knee. The catcher could be back for Sunday's series finale against the Mariners, but Josh Thole will start in his place Saturday.

Russell Martin
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6 days ago

Martin is out of the lineup Friday due to a knee injury and will likely need a couple days off, broadcaster Hazel Mae reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's been a season to forget for Martin thus far, and this injury will likely only add to his frustration. Manager John Gibbons said Martin stayed in the sauna too long Thursday, got lightheaded and then fell in the shower and hurt his knee. Josh Thole will take over behind the plate while Martin is on the mend.

Russell Martin
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6 days ago

Martin is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Josh Thole will step in behind the plate to catch for starter Marco Estrada as Martin sits following three consecutive starts. Martin has picked it up at the plate since the calendar turned to June, but his season line still sits at .228/.317/.338 and he's on pace for a mere 12 homers after smacking 23 a year ago.

Russell Martin
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2 weeks ago

Martin is not in lineup for Saturday's tilt with Oakland, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin will get the day off in favor of Josh Thole after going 1-for-5 in the first game back after the All-Star break. Martin saw nearly three times as many plate appearances as Thole in the first half off the season and that trend seems likely to continue.

Russell Martin
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2 weeks ago

Martin hit .228/.314/.341 in 246 at-bats during the first half of the 2016 season.

EDGE Analysis

Considering he didn't break .200 until June 9, it's amazing that Martin even managed the average he did prior to the Midsummer Classic. In his first 10 MLB seasons, Martin never had a contact rate below 75 percent, however this year it sits at a terrible 66 percent due to a career-worst 29.6 percent strikeout rate. Although his value certainly dipped with his dreadful play, it's hard to bypass the fact that he has no competition for the starting gig, and ranks seventh among catchers with 284 plate appearance this season. It's hard to believe the 33-year-old could be any worse in the second half of 2016, and he did show signs of life before hitting the break. Martin hit safely in eight of his last nine starts, going 13-for-40 (.325) with eight RBI and eight runs during that stretch.

Russell Martin
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3 weeks ago

Martin is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

EDGE Analysis

Josh Thole serves as R.A. Dickey's personal catcher, but Martin has otherwise been a regular presence in the lineup, rarely getting days off when other pitchers take the mound for Toronto. Martin started eight of the previous nine games, and while his numbers for the year still look ugly, he's been his usual productive self since mid-May.

Russell Martin
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4 weeks ago

Martin went 3-for-4 with two walks, a home run, three runs scored and five RBI in Sunday's rout over the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

The homer was his seventh of the season, a three-run shot in the first inning that set the Jays off to a 17-1 win. Martin's now gone 8-for-21 (.381) over his last five games, but his .225/.313/.339 slash line on the season would still be the worst of his career if he can't pull it up further in the second half.