BALTIMORE – Boston Red Sox outfielder and designated hitter JD Martinez has cold symptoms and was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list.
Martínez underwent coronavirus tests and the team is awaiting the results.
Switching to COVID-19 IL does not require a positive test. If he tests negative twice, Martinez can return to the lineup for the series finale on Sunday in Baltimore.
“We’re pretty sure he can be with us (Sunday), but obviously we have to wait,” explained Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
Martinez has been one of the best hitters in the major leagues this season. He is hitting .433 (13 of 30) with seven doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs.
Martinez entered the day leading all major leaguers in extra-base hits with nine. He has also recorded at least one extra-base hit in all of his team’s first seven games of the year, making him one of only five players in MLB history to accomplish that feat.
Cora fully understands the league’s caution with Martinez.
“I’ll tell you my story in spring training,” Cora said. “We got this app where they asked you how you were feeling, right? I had allergies in spring training, and you have to be honest, you know, as far as, ‘okay, so I felt this.’ And as soon as I sent it, got a text message, a phone call and a lot of people panicked and in less than five minutes. So I had to go to JetBlue Park, do the quick test, stay in my office until they gave me the power. green and that was it. “
“But it’s understandable right? We know what we’re fighting against. But we don’t know how it moves or when we can get it, where, but I understand the protocols. I agree with that. I don’t have JD for a day, so be it, you know ? Someone has to step up and get the job done tonight. “
The Red Sox promoted Michael Chavis.