Russell Martin C PIT 9 Days

The Pirates plan to extend Martin the $15.3-million qualifying offer, CBSSports.com reports.

The 15.3 million would represent a significant raise for Martin, who earned a combined $17 million over the past two seasons, but he'll likely receive several multi-year offers in free agency after an outstanding 2014 campaign. Martin, 31, hit .290/.402/.430 with 11 homers in 111 games during the regular season, and is also highly regarded for his pitch framing and throwing abilities. This move would protect the Pirates, as they would receive a compensatory draft pick should Martin leave this winter.

Russell Martin C PIT 24 Days

Martin (hamstring) is in the lineup for Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants.

Tightness in Martin's left hamstring resulted in his removal from last Wednesday's game, and when the hamstring presented issues again Friday, the Pirates decided to play it safe and hold him out of the final two regular season games. Martin said Tuesday that he felt "pretty good," but with Chris Stewart (wrist) also banged up, the Pirates have decided to carry a third catcher in Tony Sanchez. Manager Clint Hurdle is batting Martin cleanup Wednesday, a spot in the order in which he went just 3-for-31 (.097 average) during the regular season.

Russell Martin C PIT 25 Days

Martin (hamstring) said Tuesday he believes he'll start Wednesday. "I feel pretty good," the catcher told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "At this point, it's pretty important baseball."

Martin missed one month with a similar injury earlier in 2014. He initially re-injured his hamstring Wednesday and then tweaked it Friday. It remains to be seen whether five days of rest is enough for the hammy to heal, but the Bucs have no choice in the matter and need him against the Giants.

Russell Martin C PIT 25 Days

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 25 Days

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 27 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 28 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 29 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 30 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 1 Month

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.