Martin better, but still out of lineup

Martin better, but still out of lineup

NEW YORK -- Russell Martin was not in the lineup for the seventh time in the last eight games Wednesday, as the catcher was still not 100 percent after experiencing back stiffness that started a week ago.

"Martin is better, but I still don't have him in the lineup," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's continually getting better. I want him to say that it's pretty much gone, and he can't tell me that yet."

Francisco Cervelli once again started behind the plate in Martin's absence, batting eighth. Cervelli has gone 4-for-21 (.190) since Martin was hurt, though three of those hits came last Wednesday, the first game without Martin.

Martin started Sunday after missing four straight games, and went 0-for-4. He was a late scratch Monday after Girardi said he did not see everything he needed to out of Martin in batting practice.

When first hurt, Martin said head athletic trainer Gene Monahan told him the injury could last up to 10 days.