Russell Martin out of Thursday's lineup

Yankees catcher day-to-day with lower back stiffness
06/28/2012 4:31 PM ET
By Jon Lane

NEW YORK -- One day after returning to the Yankees lineup, Russell Martin was not in Thursday’s starting lineup due to lower back stiffness. While Martin expects to miss a game or two – manager Joe Girardi said the back bothers him on the rotation of his swing – he was available in the first of a three-game set against the White Sox and believes a it’s unlikely he’ll end up on the disabled list.

“Joe recognized my swing wasn’t quite there and that I’m not moving like I normally move, and he just doesn’t want to take any risks right now,” Martin said. “Personally I feel like I can go out there. Do I feel 100 percent? No. That’s why it’s good to have a manager to make those decisions for you.

“It’s almost there, just trying to prevent aggravating it.”

Martin’s back sidelined him the previous three games before he played Wednesday afternoon against the Indians. He went hitless in four at-bats, which dropped his average to .193 in 61 games, and absorbed a collision with Casey Kotchman in the same inning Kotchman’s line drive broke Andy Pettitte’s fibula. Martin, though, said his back was unaffected by the play at the plate.

 “I just took the blow and rolled with it,” Martin said.

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