Sunday proved to be the right time for the Red Sox, when they secured their place in the wild-card game and touched the home plate seven times to defeat the Citizens.
There were problems around the second bottom, however, it could linger.
Jedi Martinez, who is probably the club’s second-best batsman behind Rafael Devers, cleared his left ankle on Sunday when he went out of the bag to play on the right field and is uncertain for a one-game playoff with the Yankees on Tuesday.
Alex Cora said DH – who often does not play outfield but was in Washington under National League rules – was receiving treatment and the Red Sox manager did not yet know his condition.
“It simply came to our notice then. Serious injuries there, ”Kelly Schwarber told reporters in Fenway Park on Monday. “The best expectation is that he can go out and play. How long has he been the chief here now? ”
Four years, in which he has made the All-Star team three times and has emerged as a mid-of-the-lineup force, primarily as a designated hitter. He was Giancarlo Stanton of Boston.
If Martinez can’t go, Schwarber – who’s playing first – could go for that role, and Boston could have Bobby Dalbeck or Travis Shaw first.
Whatever Cora’s play is, it will also be degraded by Martinez’s struggles this season, against which he is batting.186. All this year, the 34-year-old has scored 28 home runs and led the league with 42 doubles in his second All-Star campaign.
Martinez, an 11-year-old supporter, began a mediocre career early in 2014, when he resumed swing and sought (and found) strength, an analytical thought Gerrit Cole appreciates. Martinez has hit the Yankees starter well in his career on Tuesday. He has posted .375 on-base percentage in 35 plates with two home runs.
“JD Boston is a time slugger and looks like a pretty flexible person based on his career path to becoming a big time slugger in the big time market,” Cole said in Boston. “He has some magic and he has a lot of talent.”