Russell Martin in Thursday’s lineup vs. Braves

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Russell Martin exited Wednesday’s game with left hamstring tightness, but it won’t end up costing him any additional time, as he’s in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Braves.

Martin missed nearly a month from late April until late May with a strain of the very same hamstring. According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, the veteran backstop told reporters after the game that he has managed the condition for most of the season and wants to be cautious with the playoffs right around the corner. The Pirates enter play tonight at 86-72, one game ahead of the Giants for the top Wild Card spot and 1 1/2 games back of the Cardinals in the National League Central.

Martin has been one of the most underrated players in the game this season, batting .295/.406/.437 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI over 109 games while throwing out 39 percent of attempted basestealers. The 31-year-old is due to become a free agent this offseason.