Russell Martin exits early for Blue Jays with injury

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 04: Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) heads to the plate in the fourth inning of a MLB game between the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park, Friday, August 4, 2017. Houston Astros defeated Toronto Blue Jays 16-7. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire)
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Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin left Friday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to the start of the top of the second inning with an apparent injury. He was replaced behind the plate by Raffy Lopez.

Martin grounded out to third base in the bottom of the first inning in what was his only plate appearance of the night. His ground out dropped his batting average on the season to .223. His batting average puts him on pace for his lowest mark since the 2012 season when he was a member of the New York Yankees.

On the year, Martin has added 12 home runs and 27 RBIs, marking the seventh consecutive season — and 10th time in his career — he has reached the double-digit home run mark. He has just seven doubles this season and has never finished a year with fewer than 13.

After having been named an All-Star for the fourth time in his career back in 2015 in his first season with Toronto, the 34-year-old Martin is now in the first of three years with the club in which he will rake in a $20 million salary. Having signed a five-year, $82 million deal in November 2014, the Jays are locked in to their catcher for the foreseeable future.

Martin’s offensive struggles have spread to the entire club, which had been to the postseason each of the past two years. Entering play on Friday, the Blue Jays had scored the second-fewest runs in the American League.

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