Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez is just not all that used to enjoying protection. He is, in spite of everything, often a delegated hitter. So perhaps that is why he ran right into a little bit of bother by stumbling over a base whereas heading to the outfield on Sunday.

Martinez’s standing was left unclear for Tuesday’s AL wild-card recreation towards the visiting New York Yankees after he sprained his left ankle and was faraway from a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals in Boston’s regular-season finale.

Because the National League doesn’t use a DH in video games performed in its stadiums — a rule that would change as quickly as subsequent season — Martinez was enjoying in proper subject towards Washington.

And it was on what ought to have been a routine trek to that spot, glove in hand for the underside of the fifth inning, that Martinez, properly, put his foot in it, so to talk.

“He stepped on the bag and twisted the ankle,” Boston supervisor Alex Cora mentioned. “He grinded that inning defensively.”

This was solely the seventh recreation in all of 2021 that Martinez began in proper subject. He was within the beginning lineup as a DH for 113 video games and because the left fielder for 28.

Martinez was changed by pinch hitter José Iglesias within the high of the sixth, and as a part of a sequence of defensive switches to account for that transfer, Hunter Renfroe shifted from heart subject to proper within the backside of that inning.

“The guys stepped up. That’s what we do,” Cora mentioned. “Somebody goes down, somebody has to go in and do the job.”

Martinez is a key a part of Boston’s lineup. He started Sunday with a .286 common, an AL-leading 42 doubles, 28 homers and 99 RBIs.

As for whether or not Martinez shall be able to play in Tuesday night time’s win-or-go-home recreation towards the rival Yankees at Fenway Park, Cora mentioned Sunday: “I don’t know. We’ll know more later on tomorrow.”