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55 Russell Martin C
Height/Weight: 5-10/215 | Birthdate: 2/15/1983 | Birthplace: East York, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Chipola JC FL | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $7,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 52/42 | Average Draft Position: 228.19
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Russell Martin knocks sixth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 11-6 win over the Tigers Monday.

Martin's home run was one of four in the game for the Pirates, who jumped out to an 8-1 lead by the end of the second inning. The catcher has put together a nine-game hitting streak, but Monday's home run was his first since July 10. He has hit .290/.413/.401 with six home runs and 46 RBI in 252 at-bats.


Russell Martin hits fifth home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin clubbed his fifth home run Thursday against the Cardinals. 

Martin struck in the top of the ninth. Martin worked a three-pitch at-bat against Jason Motte. On the final pitch, he belted a 94 mph fastball out to left for a solo shot. Martin also singled twice and walked, reaching base four times. He finished 3 for 4, with one run and two RBI. 


Pirates giving Russell Martin time off to rest


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) The Pirates chose to give catcher Russell Martin a second straight day off Sunday against the Mets as a chance to give him another day to rest, per MLB.com.

"Catcher is a physically-taxing position," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "With the pure off-day [on Monday], [Pirates manager Clint Hurdle] and I walked through it and thought it was a good opportunity to give him another day to recover and keep him as strong and sharp as we can for the rest of the season."


Russell Martin slugs fourth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-5 win over the Rays Tuesday.

Martin's eighth-inning home run put his team up five runs, and they would need every one of them after the Rays scored four runs over the final two innings. The catcher's home run was his first in 59 June at-bats. He has hit .271/.415/.400 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 140 at-bats.


Hitters to start in Week 12


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/15/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 12 (June 16-22)? Russell Martin, Matt Adams, Howie Kendrick, Aramis Ramirez, Erick Aybar and Christian Yelich might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Russell Martin on roll in June


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin has just one home run since returning from a hamstring injury that landed him on the disabled list on May 23. But he has still been quite productive, especially in the past week.

Martin owns a five-game hitting streak and has 10 hits in his last 25 at-bats for a .400 mark. The mini-tear has catapulted his average from .239 to .274. He has 19 walks in 117 at-bats this season, contributing to a fine .402 on-base percentage.


Russell Martin reaches five times in blowout win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin was perfect at the plate Friday, and sparked an offensive outburst that carried the team to a 15-5 win over the Brewers.

Martin reached base five times in the game, going 3 for 3 at the plate with one walk and one hit-by-pitch. He scored three times and drove in four runs, with just one extra-base hit in the blowout win.

Martin's average was just .239 entering the game, but is now hitting .263/.398/.400 in 95 at-bats.  


Russell Martin set to sit Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) A day game after a night game has Pirates catcher Russell Martin riding the bench Wednesday against the Mets. Chris Stewart is to start in his place.

Martin has just five hits in his last 23 at-bats and hasn't homered since April 9, though he did miss a month to injury.


Russell Martin returns to the lineup Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) With his one-game suspension up, Pirates catcher Russell Martin is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals. This is Martin's first appearance in a game since suffering a hamstring injury in late April, which cost him nearly a month of action.  

Russell Martin activated off DL, serving one-game suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin (hamstring) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday.

However, he isn't eligible to return to the lineup until Friday against the Nationals since he has to serve a one-game suspension for his actions in a brawl earlier this season with the Brewers.


Russell Martin could return without rehab


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin is putting his second full day of side work in Wednesday, and it could be the last step before he returns from the disabled list.

Martin, who is working his way back from a hamstring injury, worked from 2 p.m. to the end of Tuesday's game, in order to simulate the workload of a regular game. He will do so again Wednesday, and might be able to return from the disabled shortly after, even without a rehab assignment.

"The player drives his bus," manager Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The players can say no I don’t want to get to a rehab. We don't want it to get to that point of the conversation. We want to have communication on the pros and cons of both sides, see if there's a happy medium we can fit."


Jason Grilli, Russell Martin continuing recovery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) The Pirates had a major-league tandem working together Tuesday, as Russell Martin (hamstring) caught Jason Grilli (oblique) in a simulated game Tuesday.

Grilli tossed 20 pitches in one simulated inning, and will likely throw another Wednesday before possibly returning from the disabled list, as he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The plan for Martin is somewhat murkier, as he met with front office, coaches and training staff to determine his next step after he catches Grilli again Wednesday. 


Russell Martin expected to return Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin expects to return from the disabled list Wednesday, according to FoxSports.

Martin will still have to serve a one-game suspension for his role in the team's brawl with the Brewers. He's attempting to return from a hamstring injury. Martin hit .242 in 62 at-bats prior to the injury.


Russell Martin takes batting practice, return still unknown


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin took batting practice for the first time since going on the disabled list Wednesday, though he remains without a timetable for returning.

"He had another good day today … hit live pitching," manager Clint Hurdle told MLB.com. "He took BP so I think we're in a good place with him. He's feeling as good as he ever has. We have to put the catching component into it, squatting, catching. Swinging at breaking balls today helped because there's some torque involved there, and we continue to challenge him a little bit more every day. He feels good, there's just a little more to be done."

Martin has been on the disabled list since April 26 as a result of a hamstring strain, and might still need to go out on a rehab assignment once he is ready. 


Russell Martin will have to serve his suspension


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin will have to serve a one-game suspension once he's activated from the disabled list, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Martin was suspended in the brawl with the Brewers, but appealed the ruling. It was upheld Friday, and Martin will be forced to take a one-game suspension once he's healthy.


Russell Martin nearing baseball activities


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin could resume baseball activities as early as Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Martin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring on April 26. He's eligible to return on Sunday.

Russell Martin's MRI shows no additional issues


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) The MRI on Pirates catcher Russell Martin showed he has a strained left hamstring but turned up no other issues, reports MLB.com. Martin received a platelet-rich plasma injection after the MRI.

In addition to being bothered by his hamstring since spring training, Martin reported feeling hip pain recently. He went on the disabled list Saturday.


Russell Martin placed on 15-day disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) The Pirates officially placed catcher Russell Martin on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury prior to Saturday's game against the Cardinals, the team announced. Martin is scheduled for an MRI in Pittsburgh after feeling pain in his hip in addition to the hamstring strain, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Martin was removed from Friday's game because of tightness in his hamstring. He is hitting .242/.342/.355 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 62 at-bats.

Russell Martin exits game with tight hamstring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin was removed from Friday's contest against the Cardinals because of tightness in his left hamstring. He will be treated and re-evaluated after the game, the team announced.

Martin, who had been dealing with lower body soreness, grabbed his hamstring in pain after a check swing in final at-bat. He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout before being removed. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game against St. Louis.

Russell Martin dealing with 'lower body soreness'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin is dealing with some "lower body soreness," according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The injury is not considered serious, and Martin expects to be in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals. Martin sat out Thursday afternoon, but that's fairly typical the day after a night game.


Russell Martin sitting out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Reds.

Martin is likely received a day off so he doesn't have to play in a day game following Wednesday's night game. Martin also received a one-game suspension for his actions during the team's recent dust-up with the Brewers, but he has appealed the ruling. There's no indication Martin has changed course and is taking his suspension Thursday.


Travis Snider, Russell Martin to appeal suspensions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and catcher Russell Martin will appeal the suspensions for their roles in Sunday's brawl with the Brewers, according to MLB.com. MLB handed down Tuesday a two-game suspension for Snider and a one-game suspension for Martin.

Four players receive suspensions for role in brawl


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Major League Baseball announced suspensions and fines Tuesday for four players involved in Sunday's brawl between the Pirates and Brewers.

Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado was suspended five games and outfielder Carlos Gomez was suspended three games. Pirates outfielder Travis Snider was given a two-game suspension, while catcher Russell Martin was given a one-game suspension.

All the players were fined. Gomez is appealing his suspension, while Maldonado is undecided, per FOX Sports. No word yet on what the Pirates players will do.


Russell Martin resting Thursday against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin has played just two games in a row, but a day game Thursday after a Wednesday night game has him sidelined against the Cubs.

Martin is on a mini-tear. He has four hits in the last two games and smashed two solo home runs Wednesday night. He has recovered from a slow start to raise his batting average to .292.


Pirates trio combines for five solo homers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) The Pirates managed to score five runs on just five hits Wednesday against the Cubs, and they all came on solo home runs.

Third baseman Pedro Alvarez got the scoring started with his fifth-inning shot, and he followed that up with one more in the ninth. The Pirates also got a two home-run game out of catcher Russell Martin, while Travis Snider added his own longball in the 7-5 loss.

Alvarez now has four home runs on the season, while Snider and Martin both went deep for the first time in Wednesday's game.