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Martin has 'hitch' in knee, but expects to be fine

MIAMI -- 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.

"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."

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While Martin expects to sit 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."

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for

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