Russell Martin C PIT 1 Hr

Martin (hamstring) expects to start Wednesday's NL Wild Card game against the Giants, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Martin and backup Chris Stewart were both adamant that it will be Martin behind the plate to catch Edinson Volquez, though manager Clint Hurdle was coy about Martin starting. The skipper did, however, indicate the decision to sit Martin on Sunday was more precautionary than anything, after Martin again tweaked his hamstring in last Friday's win over the Reds.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Hrs

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated the decision to sit Martin (hamstring) on Sunday was more precautionary than anything, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Although Hurdle did not provide a medical update on Martin, who did not play at all in the final two games of the regular season after tweaking his hamstring last Friday, his comments suggest Martin will be behind the plate for Wednesday's NL Wild Card game. Martin not only hit .290/.402/.430 with 11 homers in his 111 games this season, he also gunned down 37 of 96 baserunners who tried to steal on him.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Days

Martin (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Martin was forced to exit Friday's game early after tweaking his left hamstring, and the ailment will have now held him out for two straight contests. He'll look to return to action Monday should the Pirates force a one-game playoff for the NL Central title. Otherwise, he'll target a return for Wednesday's NL Wild Card matchup.

Russell Martin C PIT 3 Days

Martin (hamstring) will not be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Martin exited Friday's game after tweaking his left hamstring, so it should come as little surprise that he will be held out Saturday. Manager Clint Hurdle said Martin is considered "day-to-day," so he may be able to play in the Pirates' season finale. Chris Stewart will get the start Saturday in Martin's place.

Russell Martin C PIT 4 Days

Martin (hamstring) was unable to finish Friday's game after tweaking his left hamstring.

The catcher, who went 0-for-2 with a walk before leaving, grimaced multiple times at the plate when he swung the bat. It's possible that Pittsburgh rests its valuable property until the playoffs, even though the team still has an outside shot at the NL Central championship.

Russell Martin C PIT 5 Days

Martin (hamstring) is in the lineup Thursday against the Braves, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

There was understandable concern after Martin left Wednesday's game with an injury to his left hamstring, the same hamstring that forced him onto the DL earlier this season, but Martin said afterward that it was nothing more than tightness. Fortunately, it seems the tightness has already subsided, so he should be just fine moving forward, though the team could opt to limit Martin's workload this weekend as a precaution.

Russell Martin C PIT 6 Days

Martin said following Wednesday's game that he exited the contest with "tightness" in his hamstring, and not a more serious injury, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Martin does not seem too concerned about his hamstring, and he hinted that he may be able to play Thursday. However, the Pirates, with a playoff spot in hand, may hold him out until he is healthy again.

Russell Martin C PIT 6 Days

Martin left Wednesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

It's a troubling development for the Pirates, as it's the same hamstring that sent Martin to the DL earlier this season. However, the true extent of Martin's setback is uncertain, so he should be considered day-to-day for the time being. The team will have to make do with the likes of Chris Stewart and Tony Sanchez behind the plate until Martin is cleared to return.

Russell Martin C PIT 6 Days

Martin left Wednesday's game in the fifth inning after appearing to injure his ankle/knee, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports.

He was trying to get back to first base when the injury occurred, and was replaced by Chris Stewart. Consider him day-to-day until we get a diagnosis from the team.

Russell Martin C PIT 11 Days

Martin went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Friday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.

Martin extended his now 10-game hitting streak in dramatic fashion Friday night, as his three-run deep drive in the bottom of the eight erased a 2-0 deficit and ultimately delivered the Pirates a victory.