The Red Sox head to Dodger Stadium leading the best-of-seven series 2-0, but in their Game 1 victory on Tuesday night, Martinez hurt his ankle on an awkward slide at second base. Despite the injury, he stayed in the lineup and got the key hit in Game 2 a night later, a two-run single to put the Red Sox up 4-2 in a game they won by that score.
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Martinez led all of baseball in RBIs in the regular season with 130, slammed 43 home runs, second in the majors, and hit .330, second in the American League to his teammate Mookie Betts’ .346.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora wasn’t ruling out Martinez taking the field on Friday, however.
“Actually, he felt better today walking around. He got treatment on the way here. He’ll get treatment (Friday) morning. In the afternoon, we’ll make a decision,” Cora said Thursday.
Related to Martinez’s situation, Cora also told reporters that Betts, usually the right fielder, would move to center field to make room for Martinez. Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. would sit, the manager said.
There was speculation that Betts would play second base, leaving Bradley in center while allowing Martinez to go to right. Betts worked out at second base while the teams were in Boston to open the series.
In recent days, Cora called chances of Betts starting a game in the infield “very slim,” and on Thursday he disallowed the possibility altogether, although he reiterated that he was referring to Betts starting a game at second base, leaving open the idea that the AL MVP candidate could move to the infield during a game.
Instead, Cora ,might opt to sit Andrew Benintendi and play both J.D. and Jackie Bradley Jr.
–Field Level Media