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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pirates Injury Update: Russell Martin exits with hamstring tightness

By on 9/25/2014 09:45:00 AM

Despite a loss on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still putting the pressure on the St. Louis Cardinals as the final day of the season approaches. The Pirates already have a wild card spot locked up and the Cards are just a game and a half up in the NL Central, but Pittsburgh may have to give catcher Russell Martin a day or two of rest after the signal-caller left Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness, as Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune tweeted:

Martin later confirmed to Sawchik that he had not suffered a strain and that it was just tightness that had forced him out of the game. Chris Stewart replaced Martin at catcher for the top of the fourth. The Pirates play the Braves again at 7:10PM ET on Thursday for the chance to cut St. Louis' lead to just one game with three to play.

The 31-year-old has always shown the ability to take a walk but this year, aided by a .295 batting average, he has put up a career-best .406 OBP, a mark that would be second in the NL to his team-mate Andrew McCutchen (.408) if he qualified. Martin will fall just short of that requirement, with 453 PA so far, but Pittsburgh will be delighted with the value he has provided for them over the course of his two-year, $17 million contract, with great defense both seasons and significantly above-average offense to go with it in 2014.

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