Martin, who's missed the Jays last 10 games, is not close to returning, according to manager John Gibbons, The Associated Press, reports. Martin's injury is becoming more concerning as each day passes. The longer the ailment lingers, the more likely it is that the backstop will get shut down for the season. He'll most certainly require a rehab stint, but the door is closing fast on that option as the MiLB is nearing its end. Additionally, the team's playoff hopes are dwindling fast, and there'd be no reason to bring back the veteran once the postseason is out of reach.
Martin was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday due to a left oblique strain. Martin was forced to leave Friday's game in the second inning and further evaluations from trainers failed to yield anything positive. Although he's hitting just .195 over 77 at-bats since the All-Star break, the veteran's absence leaves a major hole in a Toronto lineup already decimated by catcher injuries, as Miguel Montero (groin) and Luke Maile (knee) are already on the DL. It's difficult to predict the recovery timetable for oblique strains, but expect Martin to miss a couple weeks at the minimum. Mike Ohlman was recalled to take his place on the roster and will likely split starts behind the plate with Raffy Lopez.
Martin will undergo an MRI on his injured left oblique prior to Saturday's matinee against the Pirates, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. Martin was forced to leave Friday's game in the second inning and was replaced behind the plate by Raffy Lopez, but Saturday's evaluation should provide a better consensus on the overall severity of the strain. With fellow backstops Miguel Montero (groin) and Luke Maile (knee) still sidelined, the Blue Jays will likely call up Michael Ohlman from Triple-A Buffalo to provide catching depth if needed.
Martin left Friday's game with a left oblique strain, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. So much for any hope that Martin just sustained a minor tweak getting out of the box in the first inning. Oblique strains typically take multiple weeks to heal, and it would be a surprise if this injury doesn't result in a swift trip to the disabled list. Expect an announcement before Saturday afternoon's contest against Pittsburgh, as the Jays will need a second catcher quickly.
Martin left Friday's game with an injury after stumbling out of the box during his at-bat in the bottom of the first inning. The Blue Jays did not announce what the injury was, but it appeared to be something involving Martin's lower half. Expect a full update after the training staff can get a good look at him, and consider him day-to-day until we hear more.
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