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

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 ...

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