Ankle Injury Leaves Martinez Questionable for Game 3, Betts Will Not Start at 2B
There’s a chance the Red Sox won’t have J.D. Martinez in the lineup for Game 3 of the World Series Friday night.
Manager Alex Cora told reporters after the team landed in Los Angeles that they will reevaluate Martinez’s sore right ankle in the afternoon before the game. Martinez appeared to injury the ankle rounding second base in a play in Game 1 and played through the issue in Game 2.
But the Red Sox will not have the luxury of the designated hitter in the National League ballpark, meaning Martinez would have to play the outfield to get in the starting lineup.
Cora also ruled out the possibility of Mookie Betts starting at second base at Dodger Stadium.
If Martinez can play, that likely means Jackie Bradley Jr. would sit to start the game.