Russell Martin
C/3B TOR
5 days ago

Martin is batting second and playing third base Thursday against the Rangers, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin was given a breather Wednesday as part of the Blue Jays' initial lineup shakeup, but now that he's back in, this could be his normal place in the order for the time being. Of course, he won't always play third base -- Josh Donaldson occupies the designated hitter spot Thursday -- but Martin's move up to second increases his value for fantasy's most volatile offensive position. He's struggled with a .218 batting average but is still reaching base at an excellent clip (.376), which plays more to his strengths, and he's added seven home runs in 178 plate appearances.

Russell Martin
C/3B TOR
6 days ago

Martin is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin will get a breather following three straight starts behind the plate, affording Luke Maile a turn behind the plate. Over those three games, Martin recorded just one hit -- a home run -- but drew seven walks.

Russell Martin
C/3B TOR
1 week ago

Martin is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

With an early start on tap for Saturday's matchup, manager John Gibbons will give the veteran the day off after he started behind the dish Friday. Luke Maile will take over behind the plate Saturday, but look for Martin to return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale.

Russell Martin
C/3B TOR
2 weeks ago

Martin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

It looks to be a routine day off for Martin after the backstop started each of the past three contests. Luke Maile will check behind the plate, catching for starter J.A. Happ.

Russell Martin
C/3B TOR
3 weeks ago

Martin is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Athletics, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup Monday, so the Blue Jays will play things safe and ease him back into action after he missed four games with a neck issue. Luke Maile will assume catching duties for the evening.

Russell Martin
C/3B TOR
3 weeks ago

Martin (neck) is starting at catcher and hitting seventh Monday.

EDGE Analysis

He missed the last four games with the neck issue, but will return to catch J.A. Happ. Martin has his flaws, and has been a batting average drain in recent years, but his bat is still impactful enough for him to be useful in most formats, given the dearth of quality options at the position.

Russell Martin
C/3B TOR
3 weeks ago

Martin (neck) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Martin was hopeful that he'd be able to play at some point during the series after the neck issue first popped up Friday, but the Blue Jays aren't yet comfortable clearing the backstop's return to the lineup. According to Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca, Martin said that his neck is at least improving, which has given the Blue Jays some optimism that he'll be able to avoid the disabled list. Luke Maile will make another start behind the dish Sunday with Martin on the bench.

Russell Martin
C/3B TOR
3 weeks ago

Martin (neck) is hoping to return to the lineup Sunday against the Yankees, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

He was apparently feeling better Saturday but the Blue Jays wanted to play it safe and give him another day off -- his third in a row. Luke Maile is starting at catcher and hitting ninth.

Russell Martin
C/3B TOR
3 weeks ago

Martin (neck) is out of Saturday's lineup against the Yankees, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports,

EDGE Analysis

He will miss a third straight game with the neck ailment. Luke Maile will get the start behind the dish and hit ninth. Martin should continue to be considered day-to-day for now.

Russell Martin
C/3B TOR
3 weeks ago

Martin is not in the lineup Friday against the Yankees due to a neck issue, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thursday's absence was initially tabbed as a normal maintenance day to let Martin's various ailments heal, although it appears that this new neck ailment is a bit more troublesome than first thought. It's unclear if he'll need more days off this weekend in order to ensure a full recovery, but look for Luke Maile to fill in for him in the meantime.