Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez was forced to exit Thursday’s game against the Rangers in the eighth inning due “migraine-related symptoms.”
Martinez was slated to bat third for Boston in their half of the eighth against the left-handed Joely Rodriguez, but the designated hitter was instead pinch hit for by Christian Arroyo, who reached base on catcher’s interference.
“It’s a migraine,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said when asked why Martinez was removed from Thursday’s contest. “He felt his neck, and started getting some headaches, whatever. Hopefully, it’s something that is nothing too serious, right? And he can be back on Saturday.”
As the above quote implies, Cora also said that the Red Sox will be staying away from Martinez on Friday.
The 33-year-old slugger went 0-for-1 with a groundout and a pair of walks on Thursday prior to coming out of the eventual 4-1 loss to the Rangers.
Through 24 games this season, Martinez is slashing an impressive .333/.417/.678 to go along with a team-leading seven home runs and 21 RBI, though he has cooled off a bit as of late.
(Picture of J.D. Martinez: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)