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.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Russell Martin (hamstring) took some swings on Tuesday and will catch a simulated game Wednesday.

The Pirates haven't set a timetable for Martin's return yet, but it sounds like he's close. "The catching component is the most critical right now," said manager Clint Hurdle. "He's shown the ability to swing the at-bat. He fired a checked swing off (Tuesday) and didn't feel anything. He's ramped up the running portion of it. We'll have a conversation after batting practice on what the future is going to hold."

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Russell Martin (hamstring) ran the bases Saturday.

He also took batting practice and completed strength and agility drills. "It took a while to get loose," Martin said. "Once I got loose I opened up a little bit. I was running pretty aggressive. That's encouraging." Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wouldn't provide a timetable for Martin's return but said the catcher is "probably on the back end" of his rehab. Martin doesn't think he'll need a rehab assignment, but it's possible the Pirates might send him out on one, anyway.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Russell Martin (hamstring) took batting practice on Wednesday.

The next steps are running and catching. Martin will also likely require a short rehab assignment before returning, although the veteran doesn't seem to want to go on one. Either way, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Martin is progressing well in his recovery.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Major League Baseball has upheld Russell Martin's one-game suspension.

Martin was given the one-gamer for his involvement in last month's fracas with the Brewers. He's currently on the disabled list, so he'll have to sit out one game once activated.

Russell Martin C PIT 3 Months

Russell Martin (hamstring) might begin baseball-related activities on Friday.

Martin has been sidelined for a little over a week with a strained left hamstring. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection to speed up the healing process, but it's unclear whether he'll be ready to return when he's first eligible.

Russell Martin C PIT 3 Months

Russell Martin (hamstring) has been given a platelet-rich plasma injection.

He was given the injection after an MRI confirmed that he had a strained left hamstring. Martin has been bothered by the injury since spring training and aggravated it last week. He said it bothers him the most when he check-swings. The catcher will shoot to return when first eligible, but it's not a given.

Russell Martin C PIT 3 Months

Pirates placed C Russell Martin on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Martin sustained the injury in his return to the Pirates lineup on Friday, after missing several games due to a lower body injury. Tony Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A on Saturday and will provide depth behind the plate while Martin is sidelined.