Crimson Sox slugger J.D. Martinez out for Wild Card Recreation vs. Yankees with ankle damage

Boston Crimson Sox slugger J.D. Martinez has been left off the playoff roster for Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Recreation in opposition to the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. 

Martinez nonetheless is coping with a sprained left ankle suffered within the 5th inning of Sunday’s regular-season finale in opposition to the Washington Nationals. He tripped over the second-base bag whilst jogging out to proper box. 

With Martinez sidelined, Boston will most likely get started Kyle Schwarber at DH slightly than left box or first base. That would go away Bobby Dalbec to start with, Christian Arroyo at moment, Alex Verdugo in left box and Kike Hernandez in middle box. 

Martinez had a bounce-back season after a down yr all the way through the pandemic-shortened 2020 marketing campaign. The 34-year-old completed the steady season hitting .286/.349/.518 with 28 house runs, 99 RBI and a league-leading 42 doubles. 

Martinez being sidelined could also be unlucky for the Crimson Sox as a result of he has confronted New York’s beginning pitcher, Gerrit Cole, greater than every other Boston participant. He’s 6-for-28 (.214) with two house runs and 6 walks in 35 profession plate appearances in opposition to Cole, together with the playoffs. 

The Crimson Sox and Yankees have met within the postseason a number of instances. On the other hand, Boston gained the latest collection within the 2018 ALDS, the similar yr the franchise gained the Global Sequence.

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