Boston Red Sox

UPDATE (4:01 p.m.): The Red Sox have told reporters they won’t be making an announcement regarding J.D. Martinez on Thursday. They are still awaiting completion of his physical, still describing a pure logistical issue.

The Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez signing hit a snag with his physical, but the slugger is expected to finally be introduced on Thursday in Fort Myers.

Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe tweeted on Thursday morning that Martinez’s introductory press conference will take place on Thursday, but no official time has been announced. The presser was originally expected for Wednesday, but his official signing got delayed due to issues with his medicals.

However, Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski described the problem with Martinez’s physical as logistical in nature, according to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston.

J.D. Martinez (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

J.D. Martinez (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Martinez missed the first six weeks of the 2017 season with a Lisfranc sprain in his foot. That is presumably the issue that is holding up the review of his medical records. But at this point, the chances are low that this is going to become a serious issue.

Considering that the press conference is officially expected on Thursday, the problems with his physical are likely over.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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