J.D. Martinez scratched with sore wrist for Red Sox vs Yanks

Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez runs on his two-run double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, May 28, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez was scratched from Boston's lineup Saturday night at Yankee Stadium after jamming his left wrist sliding into a base a night earlier.

Martinez was initially set to bat third and be the designated hitter, but he was removed from the lineup about 2 1/2 hours before first pitch.

Manager Alex Cora said the wrist is sore after Martinez went aggressively into second base during the third inning of a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Friday.

Cora said Martinez may be available to pinch hit. Martinez is considered day to day.

After struggling during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the 33-year-old is hitting .321 with 12 homers and a .958 OPS this year.

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