The Red Sox will be without J.D. Martinez once again as they go for a three-game sweep over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night.
Martinez, who jammed his left wrist while sliding into second base in Friday’s game against New York, is out for the second straight day after he was scratched from Saturday’s starting lineup on account of the soreness he was experiencing.
X-rays on the slugger’s left wrist came back negative, so both sides are hopeful one or two more days of rest will do the trick and a stint on the injured list can be avoided.
“We’re going to stay away from him today,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before Sunday’s game. “A little bit sore. Not as sore as yesterday. … I think one more day will benefit him. Maybe two. I do believe with treatment and all that he should be OK in the upcoming days
“We feel he’s progressing,” added Cora. “It’s just us thinking ahead and not pushing him so hard. I do believe if this game was probably later on in this season, he’ll find a way to go out there and compete.”
Martinez has been one of the Red Sox’ most productive hitters this season. The 33-year-old came into play Sunday slashing .321/.389/.569 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI over 54 games played thus far.
In Martinez’s place, the Sox will turn to Danny Santana to serve as designated hitter in Sunday’s series finale. The versatile switch-hitter will also bat out of the leadoff spot.
Here is how of the rest of the Red Sox will lineup behind Santana, with right-hander Garrett Richards making his 12th start of the season for Boston.
Fellow righty Domingo German gets the starting nod for New York.
First pitch Sunday is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. eastern time on ESPN.
(Picture of J.D. Martinez: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)