Boston Red Sox slugger JD Martinez remains a question for the American League Wild Card Game against the visiting New York Yankees Tuesday night at Fenway Park as he continues to recover from a sprained left ankle.
Martinez suffered the injury in the fifth inning when he tripped over the second base bag while trotting to right field in Boston’s regular season finale Sunday against the Washington Nationals. He was removed from the game, a 7-5 Red Sox win, an inning later.
Speaking Monday at Fenway, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Martinez continues to receive treatment on his ankle and the team will make a roster decision Tuesday morning.
“He is receiving treatment,” Cora told reporters. “We’ll probably have to make a decision tomorrow morning on the roster, of course, and let’s see how he reacts to the treatment and everything they are doing to him there. We don’t know yet.”
Cora also said that outfielder Jarren Duran will likely make the wild-card roster, giving Boston a potential speed option on the bases, as does Nick Pivetta, who pitched a scoreless relief inning against the Nationals on Sunday. . Chris Sale, who started that game at DC, is unlikely to be on the roster, according to Cora.
“He really pitched today. It felt good. He stopped by the office and [yo] I said, ‘No, we’re not going to do that,’ “Cora said.” Hopefully I have a chance to start over here in October. “
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (16-8) faces Nathan Eovaldi (11-9) at Fenway. The Yankees-Red Sox winner will face American League East champion Tampa Bay Rays starting Thursday in St. Petersburg, Florida.