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

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

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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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