Russell Martin C PIT 28 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 29 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 29 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 30 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 30 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 1 Month

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.

Russell Martin C PIT 1 Month

Martin is out of the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.

Martin had started the previous four games, batting 5-for-14 with two doubles, a homer, and five RBI. His steady climb to a .300 batting average on the season will have to wait a day, as Chris Stewart steps into relieve him.

Russell Martin C PIT 1 Month

Martin is out of the lineup Friday against the Cubs.

Martin will get the day off behind the plate Friday following five straight starts, having collected at least one hit in all five. Chris Stewart will get the call behind the plate in his place and will bat eighth for the Pirates.

Russell Martin C PIT 1 Month

Martin went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the Pirates' win over the Phillies on Wednesday night.

In addition to carrying his highest slugging percentage (.421) since 2007, Martin has provided elite on-base skills (.career-high .409 OBP) while providing a stabilizing presence in the lineup during his second season in Pittsburgh.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Martin ranks second in the NL with a .413 OPS behind Troy Tulowitzki (.432) among batters with at least 300 at-bats.

Although Martin is on pace for his lowest homer total in four years -- he hit his eighth dinger Tuesday, the backstop's .832 OPS is his best since 2007 (when he finished with an .843 mark). Martin is setting himself up for a nice payday as an unrestricted free agent following the season.