Pirates Pregame: Martin Back in the Lineup

Pirates Pregame: Martin Back in the Lineup

Russell Martin is back in the lineup for the Pirates tonight, playing catcher and hitting seventh. Martin said the soreness in his neck that has kept him out of a handful of recent games is gone.

“There was soreness in there. you can play through some soreness but when it’s your neck and you’re playing a position where there can be some contact  you want your neck to feel like it can support your head,” Martin said. “I’ve got a big head, you know.”

Russell Martin is back in the Pittsburgh lineup tonight. Photo Credit: David Hague

Russell Martin is back in the Pittsburgh lineup tonight. Photo Credit: David Hague

Martin had attempted to play through the problem but said he wanted to be in a position to help the team and his neck was preventing that.

“I thought I was ready last Thursday in New York. I played and it didn’t feel great,” Martin said. “I want to be out there just because I enjoy playing but I want to be healthy for the team. I felt good yesterday and they kind of gave me an extra day yesterday just to make sure I was ready today and today I feel great.”

Martin said his biggest concern had been a lack of range of motion, and while he still feels somewhat limited in that aspect now that the soreness is gone he is ready to play.

“I don’t have 100 percent range of motion but there’s no soreness so I don’t feel like I need to be cautious out there,” he said. “I can go out there and do what I need to do without interfering.”



Milwaukee (16-20, 4th National League Central)
1. Aoki rf
2. Segura ss
3. Braun lf
4. Ramirex 3b
5. Gomez cf
6. Betancourt 1b
7. Weeks 2b
8. Maldonado c
9. Lohse p

Pittsburgh (21-17, 3rd National League Central)
1. Marte lf
2. Tabata rf
3. McCutchen cf
4. Jones 1b
5. Walker 2b
6. Alvarez 3b
7. Martin c
8. Barmes ss
9. Locke p

Pirates Prospects is FREE today in honor of the Wild Card game. You get special access to all of our content, which is typically reserved only for subscribers. We cover the Pirates 365 days a year, with live coverage all throughout the playoffs, and off-season coverage of the minor league players in the Arizona Fall League and Winter Leagues. During the season we average well over 6 articles per day on the Pirates. This is the best stop if you're a hardcore Pirates fan, and the subscription prices are very low.

Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide -- a book that features profiles on every prospect in the system. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit. Subscribe today for our full playoff coverage, and all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.
  • noooodbtaboutit

    Seems like a very good chance this injury will continue to bother him. Is it the same one he had in spring training?


Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (,, Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Williams/Giles: How the Pirates Could Beat Arrieta, How Cole Could Beat the Cubs

Tim WilliamsOctober 7, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Forget Jake Arrieta — Gerrit Cole Could Be This Year’s Madison Bumgarner

Tim WilliamsOctober 6, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Jake Arrieta Doesn’t Think PNC Park’s Atmosphere Will Impact His Performance

Tim WilliamsOctober 6, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Giles: Pirates Staying Aggressive on the First Pitch

Ed GilesOctober 5, 2015

Pirates Prepare For Another PNC Blackout After Today’s Victory

Tim WilliamsOctober 4, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Home-Field Advantage for Wild Card Game Comes Down to Game #162

Pete EllisOctober 4, 2015

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects