Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez is not all that utilized to playing defense. He is, after all, normally a designated player. Perhaps that’s why he ran into a bit of problem by stumbling over a base while heading to the outfield on Sunday.
Martinez’s status was left uncertain for Tuesday’s AL wild-card video game versus the checking out New York Yankees after he sprained his left ankle and was gotten rid of from a 7-5 success over the Washington Nationals in Boston’s regular-season ending.
Because the National League does not utilize a DH in video games played in its arenas– a guideline that might alter as quickly as next season– Martinez was playing in best field versus Washington.
And it was on what must have been a regular trek to that area, glove in hand for the bottom of the 5th inning, that Martinez, well, put his foot in it, so to speak.
” He stepped on the bag and twisted the ankle,” Boston supervisor Alex Cora stated. “He grinded that inning defensively.”
This was just the seventh video game in all of 2021 that Martinez began in best field. He remained in the beginning lineup as a DH for 113 video games and as the left fielder for 28.
Martinez was changed by pinch player José Iglesias in the top of the 6th, and as part of a series of protective switches to represent that relocation, Hunter Renfroe moved from center field to right in the bottom of that inning.
” The men stepped up. That’s what we do,” Cora stated. “Somebody decreases, someone needs to go in and get the job done.”
Martinez is an essential part of Boston’s lineup. He started Sunday with a.286 average, an AL-leading 42 doubles, 28 homers and 99 RBIs.
As for whether Martinez will be prepared to play in Tuesday night’s win-or-go-home video game versus the competing Yankees at Fenway Park, Cora stated Sunday: “I do not understand. We’ll understand more later tomorrow.”