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Russell Martin underwent offseason knee surgery, will skip WBC
Russell Martin was left off the Team Canada World Baseball Classic roster due to "an insurance issue" reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.
The surgery is explained as "minor", but it's enough to keep him off the WBC roster. There is likely something in Martin's contract which forbids him from international competition if there's any wort of injury. Martin was on the team to play shortstop, but that looks to be Pete Orr's job now.
Russell Martin goes hitless on Sunday
The Blue Jays held off they Yankees by matching their 2-run ninth inning to win 4-3 on Sunday. The win leaves the Blue Jays 1.5 games ahead of the Orioles for the top Wild Card spot. Russell Martin was no help in the win. He finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Martin has been a disappointment this season. He has 20 HR on the year, but his average is down. Over his last 15 games, Martin is only hitting .160. His only positive is during that span he has hit three HR and drove in nine runs. If you can sacrifice your average category then Martin is playable. Otherwise, he probably hurts your team more than helps.
Russell Martin hits 20th HR
Russell Martin went deep for his 20th HR of the season Tuesday night off Hisashi Iwakuma, driving in a pair of runs. Martin was 1-for-4.
Martin had an absolutely brutal April and May but has had a solid season overall. He is a bit behind his pace for last season (three less HRs so far and four less RBI), but those numbers could easily change by the end of the season.
Russell Martin drives in four versus Angels
Blue Jays C Russell Martin was 1-for-3 in Friday's 7-2 win over the Angels. Martin had a sac fly in the second inning and a three-run HR, his 19th, in the sixth.
Martin has a pair of HR and six RBI in the last two game, his only hits in his last 20 at-bats.
Russell Martin homers for Jays' only runs
Russell Martin was 1-for-4 with a two-run HR in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Rays.
Martin has just four hits in his last 10 games, but two have been HRs with a total of six RBI. He's slowed down considerably since his mid-summer hot streak, but would be impossible to replace this late in the season.
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