Boston slugger J.D. Martinez is on the Pink Sox roster however not within the lineup for Recreation 1 of their AL Division Collection towards the Tampa Bay Rays.
Martinez missed Tuesday evening’s win over the New York Yankees within the AL wild-card sport due to a sprained left ankle. The perfect-of-five ALDS was scheduled to start out Thursday evening in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Boston supervisor Alex Cora stated Martinez was accessible off the bench for Recreation 1.
“Clearly, 4 at-bats, it is going to be exhausting,” Cora stated. “He’ll maintain getting therapy. If we’d like it in a giant spot and in a scenario that we really feel it is the proper one, not solely due to his bat, however the place he’s at bodily, we’ll use him.”
Martinez stumbled over second base whereas heading to the outfield in Sunday’s regular-season finale at Washington.
As a result of the Nationwide League doesn’t use a DH in video games performed in its stadiums, Martinez was enjoying proper subject towards the Nationals. He stepped on the bag and twisted the ankle heading out to play protection within the fifth inning.
It was solely the seventh sport in 2021 that Martinez began in proper subject. He was within the beginning lineup as a DH for 113 video games and because the left fielder for 28.
Martinez hit .286 with an AL-leading 42 doubles and 28 homers and 99 RBIs through the common season.
Tampa Bay has 13 pitchers on its roster that doesn’t embody speedy outfielder Brett Phillips. Lefty Ryan Yarbrough, who went 9-7 with a 5.11 ERA in 30 video games, together with 21 begins, was additionally left off.
Rays supervisor Kevin Money plans to be aggressive in utilizing his bullpen through the collection. He stated right-hander Drew Rasmussen will begin Recreation 3 or 4, with the opposite contest being a bullpen day.
Boston additionally added Recreation 2 starter Chris Sale, left-hander Martín Pérez and infielder Danny Santana to the ALDS roster.
Sale made 9 begins this 12 months after having Tommy John surgical procedure on March 30, 2020.
“It has been two years making an attempt to get thus far,” Cora stated. “All of the exhausting work, all of the tears and sweat all through the method. So now we have to care for him, nevertheless it was his flip and we really feel comfy with him.”
Sale stated he could be accessible to work as a reliever later within the collection as nicely.
“There is not any motive to avoid wasting an arm to go sit on the sofa, what I imply?” Sale stated. “That is all of the baseball now we have left, and we’ll get sure factors in these collection the place tomorrow may not come. So if that is the case and it is what’s known as upon, , it is my job.”
Pink Sox right-hander Matt Barnes, who misplaced his nearer function in August, shouldn’t be on the roster after being energetic for the wild-card sport. Others dropped have been catcher Connor Wong, infielder Jonathan Araúz and outfielder Jarren Duran.
Boston outrighted infielder José Iglesias to Triple-A Worcester, reinstated infielder-outfielder Yairo Muñoz from the COVID-19 associated injured listing and outrighted him to Worcester on Wednesday. Iglesias was not eligible for the postseason roster as a result of he signed with the workforce after the Aug. 31 cutoff.
Nick Anderson, Tampa Bay’s nearer throughout its run to the World Collection final 12 months, did not make the roster. He did not make his 2021 debut till Sept. 13 due to a proper elbow harm and struggled in six late-season appearances.
With Boston having a number of left-handed beginning pitchers on its roster, Tampa Bay added right-handed hitting outfielder Jordan Luplow.
The AL East champion Rays misplaced the World Collection in six video games to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020.