Martin was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Martin had been struggling at the dish over his past five contests (0-for-12), and with Startling Marte returning from the injured list Tuesday, he was the obvious choice to go down to the minor leagues.
Martin went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
He has one hit in his last 17 at-bats and will likely be sent back to Triple-A as the team's outfield health improves. Starling Marte (abdomen) could return as soon as Monday while Lonnie Chisenhall (hand) and Corey Dickerson (shoulder) aren't far away. Martin has demonstrated good speed and has played both left field and center, but he's had trouble going back for flyballs hit over his head. The 23-year-old has totaled only 76 games above the Double-A level. He's slashed .229/.289/.286 with two stolen bases in 38 plate appearances for Pittsburgh.
Martin is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants.
Martin will once again head to the bench against a left-handed starter as Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the Giants. J.B. Shuck will start in left field and bat seventh i his absence.
Martin is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
Martin appears to have played his way into a large-side platoon role in the corner outfield, but he's ran into some bad luck with the opposing pitching schedule lately. With the Pirates facing a lefty starter (Matthew Boyd) for the fourth time in seven games, Martin will head to bench while Pablo Reyes and J.B. Shuck man left and right field, respectively.
Martin went 1-for-4 with an eighth-inning RBI double against the Nationals on Sunday.
The 23-year-old is batting .353 in 17 at-bats. He's exceeded expectations for a player who was supposed to start 2019 at Triple-A Indianapolis but was brought to Pittsburgh due to injuries in the outfield. He's also swiped two bags. A 1:5 BB:K might foretell struggles with more reps at the big-league level, but he'll likely get another week or so before the team activates Gregory Polanco (shoulder) and sends Martin to Triple-A.
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|2015||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||105||396||65||107||12||7||8||57||47||74||14||15||.346||.396||.270|
|2017||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||79||300||38||82||24||3||11||37||19||82||7||6||.319||.483||.273|
|2017||AFA-Buies Creek Astros||46||174||34||50||11||2||7||29||20||42||9||5||.354||.494||.287|