Russell Martin C PIT 11 Days

Russell Martin had three hits, including an RBI single and a solo home run, as the Pirates routed the Cardinals on Thursday.

Martin bookended the Pirates' nine-run outburst against the Cardinals, starting the scoring in the first inning with a single and ending it with a solo home run in the ninth inning. The 31-year-old catcher is having the best offensive season of his career, slashing .282/.413/.409 with five home runs and 28 RBI.

Russell Martin C PIT 17 Days

Russell Martin is not in the Pirates starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

It's merely a routine day off for the veteran backstop being an afternoon game after a night game. Chris Stewart will get the start behind the dish and hit eighth for the Pirates.

Russell Martin C PIT 20 Days

Russell Martin returned to action on Tuesday July 1.

Russell Martin C PIT 23 Days

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said that Russell Martin is not in Sunday's lineup due to "soreness."

Huntington didn't reveal where exactly Martin is sore, so it sounds like general fatigue. He should be ready to go after Monday's off day. Chris Stewart is behind the dish Sunday.

Russell Martin C PIT 27 Days

Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Martin hit what turned out to be a very crucial home run in the eighth inning off of Brad Boxberger. It put the Pirates on top 6-1 at the time, but they would narrowly escape with a 6-5 victory. Martin now has four homers, 23 RBI, and a .271/.415/.400 slash line on the season.

Russell Martin C PIT 1 Month

Russell Martin will bat cleanup against the Cubs on Saturday.

Martin hasn't done much against lefties over the past two years, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will give him a try there with Travis Wood on the hill for Chicago. This will be his first time in the leadoff spot since last August 23.

Russell Martin C PIT 1 Month

Russell Martin was ejected from Sunday's game against the Brewers in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes

Martin took exception to a close pitch that he was punched out on to end the eighth inning. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle came out in support of his catcher and also got the gate, the second time he's been run this season.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Russell Martin went 3-for-3 and drove home four runs, leading the Pirates to a 15-3 rout over the Brewers on Friday.

Martin also drew a walk and scored three times in the game. He's been a plus offensively thus far, slashing .263/.398/.400 with three homers and 17 RBI in his first 95 at-bats.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Pirates activated C Russell Martin from the 15-day disabled list.

Martin missed four weeks with a severe left hamstring strain. He did not play in a single minor league rehab game but had been catching simulated innings and taking batting practice with his Pirates teammates. The veteran catcher is hitting .242/.342/.355 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 16 games this season. Martin is suspended for Thursday's game (due to last month's brawl with the Brewers) but should return to action on Friday.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Russell Martin (hamstring) might not need a minor league rehab assignment.

Martin has been taking swings and catching simulated games, and the Pirates could deem that a suitable tune-up for the veteran catcher. "He's expressed the feeling that he's good to go," manager Clint Hurdle told reporters on Wednesday. Martin has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained left hamstring.