Russell Martin back in lineup

Updated: June 12, 2011, 4:23 PM ET
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin returned to the lineup for Sunday's 9-1 win against the Cleveland Indians and batted eighth after missing the previous four games with a stiff back. He started at catcher.

Martin, who signed with the Yankees in the offseason, had been out of the lineup since Wednesday's game with the Boston Red Sox after injuring his back in a postgame workout Tuesday. An MRI came back negative.

On Saturday, Martin took part in batting drills and long-toss and said the plan was for him to return Sunday. In his place, backup Francisco Cervelli started all four games and went 4-for-14 with two RBIs, as well as making three throwing errors in the final two games of the series against Boston.

Before Sunday's game, Martin said he was going to hit and then "go from there" and if everything went well he thought he'd be in the lineup. When he returned to the clubhouse, he said he was good to go and hoped he would be playing.

Martin is hitting .238 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs.

Matt Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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