Article Written by Adam Corsair (@ACorsair21)
Well here's some unfortunate news, via Arden Zwelling of SportsNet
Russell Martin won't play for the Blue Jays tonight. He's battling a neck issue. Unrelated to nerve issue in his shoulder earlier this year.— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) June 2, 2017
It's definitely not something you'd like to read, especially after getting crushed by the Yankees the night before. However, if there's one thing to hold your hat on it's notion that the Jays are taking the cautious approach. Rather than forcing the issue and prioritizing a bounce-back win over the health of one of the more pivotal pieces of the roster (and feeding the DL Beast), the Jays are allowing Martin a day of rest.
Another positive is that, according to Zwelling, the current neck issue is unrelated to the one that put Martin on the DL earlier this season. Now, not being a medical professional and being a complete layman, I consider this to be a good thing. Perhaps when Zwelling says "issues" it could just be a common stiff neck or perhaps he slept on it wrong. I don't know. But the fact that he hasn't exacerbated his previous injury leads me to believe that this probably won't be a long-term thing.
Regardless, it's going to be the Luke Maile show tonight, so hopefully the other bats can mitigate that a little.
Don't freak out. I'm sure it's probably nothing... right?
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