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J.D. Martinez’s stint on the COVID-related injured list was a short one. In fact it lasted less than 24 hours.

Before Saturday night’s game in Baltimore, the Red Sox scratched Martinez from the lineup as a precaution, with manager Alex Cora telling the media Martinez was dealing with ‘cold-like symptoms.’

However, following two negative COVID tests, Martinez was re-activated Sunday morning. He’ll hit third and DH as the Red Sox go for the sweep of the Orioles. Michael Chavis, who was recalled from the alternate site Saturday night to take Martinez’ place on the roster, was sent back down to make room for his return.

Through eight games this season, Martinez has been the Red Sox best hitter. He’s batting .433 with seven doubles and a pair of home runs, with 12 runs driven in. Whatever illness was bothering him on Saturday doesn’t seem to have cooled him off, as he hit his third home run of the year in just his second at-bat on Sunday.

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