J.D. Martinez’s health will be closely monitored as the Boston Red Sox prepare for their AL Wild Card game against the New York Yankees.
The Boston Red Sox put an end to any possibility of mayhem on Sunday, defeating the Washington Nationals 7-5 after falling down 5-1. As a result, the team won the American League’s top Wild Card slot, allowing them to host the New York Yankees in a one-game playoff on Tuesday. However, one of their big hitters may not be available.
J.D. Martinez, the designated hitter, is listed as questionable for the Wild Card Round after twisting his ankle on second base during Sunday’s game, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.
JD Martinez is questionable for the AL Wild Card game Tuesday after rolling his ankle on a bag
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 4, 2021
Red Sox: J.D. Martinez left Sunday’s game due to left ankle injury
Martinez fell on second base while attempting to play right field in the bottom of the fifth inning. Martinez was pinch-hit for Jose Iglesias in the top of the sixth inning despite staying in the game. A left ankle sprain was diagnosed as the cause of the ailment.
Martinez is hitting.286/.349/.518 in 148 games this season, with 28 home runs, 99 RBI, and 162 hits.
This is hardly the kind of news the Red Sox needed to hear, especially with a game against the Yankees on the line. Not only is bragging rights over the Bronx Bombers on the line, but also the right to face the Tampa Bay Rays in the Division Series.
We’ll keep you updated on Martinez’s status for the big game as soon as the Red Sox release information.