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J.D. Martinez has been a key piece in the Red Sox turnaround after their 0-3 start. However, the team could be without their DH for the foreseeable future.

Prior to Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox announced they have placed Martinez on the COVID-related injured list. According to manager Alex Cora, Martinez was “not feeling well” and “has cold symptoms.

The COVID IL isn’t just for players who have tested positive, but also those who may have been exposed to COVID or are showing symptoms. There is no minimum amount of time that has to pass before Martinez can return, although he does have to produce two negative COVID tests.

Martinez has been the Red Sox best hitter so far in this young season. Through seven games, the 33-year-old is hitting .433 with a league-high seven doubles, two home runs, and 12 RBIs. Michael Chavis, who traveled with the team to Baltimore as a member of the taxi squad, was called up to take Martinez’ place on the roster.

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