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Blue Jays place Russell Martin on DL in series of roster moves

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 06: Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) reacts after striking out in the third inning of during the MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros on August 6, 2016 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire)
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The Toronto Blue Jays have placed catcher Russell Martin on the 10-day disabled list in a series of roster moves, according to the Blue Jays’ public relations department.

Additionally, the Blue Jays selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher Chris Rowley and backstop Mike Ohlman and designated utility man Chris Coghlan for assignment.

Martin is dealing with a left oblique strain.

The 34-year-old is having a rough 2017 campaign, currently owning a slash line of .223/.354/.381 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI over 329 plate appearances.

Martin is in his third year with Toronto.

The Blue Jays originally signed him as a free agent in November 2014.

He made the All-Star team during his first year in Toronto while slashing .240/.329/.458 while connecting with 23 long balls and driving in 77 runs, but overall, it has been a rough go for Martin with the Blue Jays.

Rowley, a United States Army veteran, will make his first career major-league start on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 26-year-old has pitched in 27 games in the minors this season, making 11 starts. He has gone 6-6 with a 2.29 ERA, allowing 84 hits while striking out 90 batters in 106.1 innings of work.

Ohlman, also 26, has already played in five games with Toronto’s big-league club this year, managing two hits in nine trips to the dish. At Triple-A Buffalo, he has slashed .222/.343/.418 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Coghlan had been having a dreadful season, registering a paltry slash line of .200/.299/.267 with one dinger and five RBI in 88 plate appearances. Coghlan posted an OPS of .779 in 48 productive games with the World Series-champion Chicago Cubs last season and won the National League Rookie of the Year award with the Florida Marlins back in 2009.

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