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MLB Injury News:
Russell Martin left Friday night's 2-0 loss to the Marlins with what Pirates manager Clint Hurdle described as a "hitch" in the catcher's left knee. Martin was banged up while tagging Jeff Mathis on a collision at home plate during the second inning.
As expected, Russell Martin is out of the #Pirates lineup tonight. He suffered what he described as a minor knee injury last night
— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) July 27, 2013
"I might have tweaked it a little bit with Mathis running into me," Martin said. "But I don't have a severe injury that's going to put me on the disabled list or anything. The doctor checked it out, and he said it's really nothing extravagant."
While Martin sat out Saturday night's game to give his knee a break, he believes he will be back in the lineup Sunday. The catcher even expressed a willingness to play on Saturday if needed.
"I've actually had something like this before, and I've played with it in the past," Martin said. "It's a little uncomfortable, but it doesn't keep me from doing anything physical. I can run. I can jump. I can do whatever."
Meanwhile, backup catcher Michael McKenry tweaked his left knee while sliding into second base in Saturday's 7-4 win against the Marlins according to Joe Morgan of MLB.com. The Pirates will have to wait until Sunday to determine how McKenry feels.
"It's just kind of stuck," McKenry said. "Best way to put it."
The injury occurred on a Jordy Mercer forceout during the seventh inning. McKenry, who was starting in place of Russell Martin, remained in the game.
"I was just trying to take out the guy at second base," McKenry said. "He went back, so last-minute slide. Just hit it pretty good. It was my left knee."
Martin sat out Saturday's game after tweaking his left knee in a home-plate collision on Friday. McKenry finished with a career-high four hits and made a run-saving catch on a would-be wild pitch from Charlie Morton in fifth inning of the victory at Marlins Park.
Martin was already expected to start Sunday's game before McKenry's injury.
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