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.

Russell Martin C PIT 12 Days

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 18 Days

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 19 Days

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 27 Days

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.

Russell Martin C PIT 28 Days

Martin smacked his eighth home run of the season, a solo shot off Adam Wainwright in the second inning, in a 1-for-4 performance Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Martin is having a solid second half and is now 11-for-31 in his last 10 games with two home runs, three doubles and four RBI. He now has a healthy .292/.413/.420 slash line in 312 at-bats.

Russell Martin C PIT 1 Month

Martin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds.

Martin is coming off a 1-for-2 night at the plate with a double and a walk, but will sit for Sunday's day game. Chris Stewart is behind the plate in his place and will bat eighth for the Pirates.

Russell Martin C PIT 1 Month

Martin bashed his seventh homer Saturday -- a three-run shot -- against Milwaukee, going 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI.

The home run total may be down -- Martin averaged 18 dingers over the last three years -- but a .288 batting average is his best since 2007, when he finished with a .293 mark. The Pirates have gone out of their way to keep the catcher from wearing down and its paying dividends.