Russell Martin C TOR 2 days 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 3 days 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 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 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 2 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.

Russell Martin C TOR 2 weeks ago

Martin is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

Martin will get his first day off this season, allowing Dioner Navarro to get his first start behind the plate. Dalton Pompey will move up in the order, replacing Martin in the No. 2 hole. Expect to see Martin back in his usual spot for Saturday's matchup with Ubaldo Jimenez.

Russell Martin C TOR 3 weeks ago

Martin had a slow spring at the plate, hitting just .220 in 18 games.

Spring training statistics rarely mean much, but it will be interesting to see if this is a trend or just a small sample size of meaningless games. Last season Martin hit .290, the best average of his career; however, it was the first time he hit above .250 since 2008, when he was an All-Star. Martin should find himself with plenty of RBI opportunities surrounded by some of the best power hitters in the league and his ability to handle the Jays' pitching staff will be integral for the success of the team. Martin is one of the best hitting catchers in the game right now and should be deployed as such in all formats.

Russell Martin C TOR 2 months ago

Martin caught for R.A. Dickey in Monday's intrasquad game for an inning, where they planned cross-ups to see if Martin could handle his knuckleballs, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Coming into the season, it was thought that Josh Thole, Dickey's personal catcher from last season, would continue to catch the 40-year-old knuckleballer. However, if throughout the spring, Martin displays an ability to catch Dickey, he could be in line for extra work and wouldn't need to DH or take the day off on every fifth day.