Russell Martin
C TOR
2 days ago

Martin will start at third base and bat sixth Sunday against the Orioles, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin previously appeared in a game at third base earlier this season, but barring a string or more unfortunate injury luck for the Blue Jays, it's unlikely that Martin will see enough starts at the hot corner to gain eligibility at the position in most leagues. The backstop recently got over a shoulder injury of his own, returning from the disabled list Saturday to go 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Russell Martin
C TOR
3 days ago

Martin (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list Saturday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. He will bat seventh in the order against the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Toronto sent Mike Ohlman back to Triple-A to clear a roster spot for Martin, who has been out since May 8 with a shoulder issue. He'll face Kevin Gausman in his return to the lineup. Martin has gotten off to a slow start to the season, slashing .197/.365/.342 with seven RBI over 76 at-bats.

Russell Martin
C TOR
5 days ago

Martin (shoulder) wasn't activated from the disabled list and is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

Martin has been out for 10 days with a shoulder injury, and there was hope that he'd be ready to come off the DL on Thursday. Although he could still be activated prior to Thursday's game, it's looking more likely that he'll return during Toronto's upcoming series against the Orioles. Luke Maile is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth Thursday night.

Russell Martin
C TOR
5 days ago

Martin (shoulder) caught Francisco Liriano's bullpen session Thursday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin still hopes to return in time for Thursday's contest with the Braves, and this is a step in the right direction for that goal. It's unclear if the Blue Jays do intend to activate him after he gets through the bullpen session, but more details should emerge as game time approaches.

Russell Martin
C TOR
1 week ago

Martin (neck/shoulder) has passed all of his strengthening tests, and remains hopeful he'll return to the lineup Thursday in Atlanta, the day he's eligible to be activated from the 10-day DL, Laura Armstrong of The Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin might want to come back Thursday, but it remains unclear whether his hopes will come to fruition. The catcher has yet to do much more than throwing in the outfield and taking swings off a tee, so returning in two days seems like a bit of a stretch. However, Martin says he's pain free, and a veteran like himself will be trusted to play as soon as he says he's ready.

Russell Martin
C TOR
1 week ago

Martin (shoulder) was able to play catch in the outfield prior to Sunday's game against the Mariners, John Lott of The Athletic Toronto reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's the first time Martin has been cleared to throw since he was placed on the 10-day disabled list a week earlier with nerve inflammation in his left shoulder. Martin throws from the right side, but the Blue Jays had prescribed him full upper-body rest so he wouldn't after to alter his mechanics to compensate for the other shoulder. Martin is eligible to come off the DL on May 18, but it remains unclear if he'll be far enough along in his recovery by that time to play in games. Luke Maile has been serving as the Blue Jays' primary catcher while Martin has been sidelined.

Russell Martin
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Martin (shoulder) is not allowed to do strength work with his injured, left arm for three more days, Mike Wilner of BlueJays Talk reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin said he felt "terrific" Wednesday, but the fact he basically can't do anything with the arm casts a little doubt of whether he will be able to return on May 18, the first day he is eligible to do so. The 34-year-old said Tuesday that the injury is unlike anything he has ever dealt with.

Russell Martin
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Martin (shoulder/neck) said the injury that landed him on the disabled list Monday is unlike any ailment he's ever dealt with in his 12-year career, Laura Armstrong of the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran backstop said he's been battling weakness in his neck and shoulder since spring training. "It's something that we were taking care of in spring and kind of got over the hump, and it's something that came back," Martin said. Why the injury returned is unknown, but a recent collision at home plate with Tampa Bay's Tim Beckham may have aggravated it. "I know my shoulder doesn't feel right. It doesn't feel like it's moving the way it should. [I'm] having a hard time lifting my arm, catching certain pitches. [It's] unlike anything I've ever had in my career." For now, the club's medical team believes rest is the best antidote for Martin.

Russell Martin
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Martin was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with nerve inflammation in his left shoulder, Mike Wilner of BlueJaysTalk reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mike Ohlman will join the Blue Jays to take Martin's place on the roster. Martin had rested four times over the last 10 games, so his shoulder ailment likely explains that. It's unclear when he sustained the injury or how long it will keep him sidelined at this point, though more should be known once the Blue Jays release more on his status. He is eligible to come off the disabled list April 18 should he be ready. Ohlman and Luke Maile will likely split time behind the dish in his absence.

Russell Martin
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Saturday against the Rays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Luke Maile takes over behind the plate as Martin gets his first day off in three games. The veteran backstop has gotten off to a rough start this season with a .194 average, but continues to see plenty of opportunities at the top of the order.