J.D. Martinez was originally batting third and starting at designated hitter in Red Sox manager Alex Cora’s lineup for Friday’s series opener against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, but has since been scratched.
Martinez was a late scratch from Boston’s starting lineup due to back spasms, The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham was among those to relay the news.
In Martinez’s place, Kyle Schwarber will slide over from left field to designated hitter while still batting second.
Hunter Renfroe, starting in right field, will move from sixth all the way up to third in place of Martinez in the Red Sox batting order, while first baseman Bobby Dalbec will shift up a spot and bat sixth.
Christian Vazquez, catching right-hander Tanner Houck to begin things on Friday, has moved up to become Boston’s No. 7 hitter, with Danny Santana coming in as the left fielder while also batting out of the eight-hole.
If that is at all confusing, here is the Red Sox’ new starting lineup for Friday’s bout with the White Sox written out.
- Enrique Hernandez, CF
- Kyle Schwarber, DH
- Hunter Renfroe, RF
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Rafael Devers, 3B
- Bobby Dalbec, 1B
- Christian Vazquez, C
- Danny Santana, LF
- Jose Iglesias, 2B
As previously mentioned, Houck will be making his 11th start (and 13th overall appearance) of the season for Boston on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. eastern time on NESN.
(Picture of J.D. Martinez: Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)