S T. PETERSBURG. Fla. – Boston slugger JD Martinez is on the Boston Red Sox roster for their American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays after missing Tuesday night’s win over the New York Yankees in the game of American League wild card due to a sprained left ankle.
The best-of-five American League Division Series (ALDS) was scheduled to begin Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Martinez tripped over second base while heading to the outfield in the regular season finale Sunday in Washington.
Because the National League does not use a designated hitter in its stadium games, Martinez played right field against the Nationals. He stepped on the bag and sprained his ankle coming out to play defense in the fifth inning.
It was only the seventh game in 2021 that Martinez started in right field. He was in the starting lineup as a designated hitter for 113 games and as a left fielder for 28.
Martinez hit .286 with 42 doubles, 28 home runs and 99 RBIs during the regular season.
Tampa Bay has 13 pitchers on its roster that doesn’t include speedy outfielder Brett Phillips. Left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, who was 9-7 with a 5.11 ERA in 30 games, including 21 starts, was also out.
Boston also added long-awaited Game 2 starter Chris Sale, left-hander Martin Perez and infielder Danny Santana to the ALDS roster.
Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes, who lost his closer role in August, is not on the list after being active in the wild-card game. Others not dropped from the list were catcher Connor Wong, infielder Jonathan Arauz and outfielder Jarren Duran.
Boston placed infielder Jose Iglesias at Triple-A Worcester, reinstating utility Yairo Munoz from the COVID-19-related disabled list and traded him to Worcester on Wednesday.
Nick Anderson, the closer for Tampa Bay during his run to the World Series last year, was unable to make the roster. He did not make his debut in 2021 until September 13 due to a right elbow injury and struggled in six appearances at the end of the season.
With Boston having several left-handed starting pitchers on its roster, Tampa Bay added outfielder and right-hander Jordan Luplow.
AL East champs Rays lost the World Series in six games to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020.