ST. PETERSBURG. Fla. — Slugger J.D. Martinez is on the Boston Red Sox roster however did not play throughout a 5-0 loss in Recreation 1 of the American League Division Sequence in opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Supervisor Alex Cora mentioned after Thursday’s loss that there is “a robust chance” Martinez can be within the beginning lineup for Friday’s Recreation 2, however he made no ensures.
Martinez additionally missed Tuesday night time’s win over the New York Yankees within the AL Wild Card Recreation due to a sprained left ankle.
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 taking part in proper area in opposition to 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 recreation in 2021 that Martinez began in proper area. 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 in the course of 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 mentioned he deliberate to be aggressive in utilizing his bullpen in the course of the collection. He mentioned right-hander Drew Rasmussen will begin Recreation 3 or 4, with the opposite contest being a bullpen day.
Sale made 9 begins this yr after having Tommy John surgical procedure on March 30, 2020.
“It has been two years making an attempt to get so far,” Cora mentioned. “All of the onerous work, all of the tears and sweat all through the method. So we’ve to deal with him, however it was his flip and we really feel comfy with him.”
Sale mentioned he can be accessible to work as a reliever later within the collection as effectively.
“There is no purpose to save lots of an arm to go sit on the sofa, you realize what I imply?” Sale mentioned. “That is all of the baseball we’ve left, and we will get sure factors in these collection the place tomorrow won’t come. So if that is the case and it is what’s known as upon, you realize, it is my job.”
Purple Sox right-hander Matt Barnes, who misplaced his nearer function in August, was not on the roster after being lively for the wild-card recreation. Others dropped had been catcher Connor Wong, infielder Jonathan Arauz and outfielder Jarren Duran.
Boston outrighted infielder Jose Iglesias to Triple-A Worcester, reinstated infielder-outfielder Yairo Munoz from the COVID-19 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 crew after the Aug. 31 cutoff.
Nick Anderson, Tampa Bay’s nearer throughout its run to the World Sequence final yr, didn’t make the roster. He did not make his 2021 debut till Sept. 13 due to a proper elbow damage 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 Sequence in six video games to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020.
The Related Press contributed to this report.