Boston Red Sox

May 20, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) hits a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

J.D. Martinez won’t be with the Red Sox for their Saturday doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays. Martinez has been placed on the COVID-19-related injured list with what has been described as ‘Coronavirus-like symptoms.’

Before the first of the Red Sox’s two games on Saturday, Alex Cora told reporters that Martinez has been feeling sick since Friday night. The team is still awaiting the results of his COVID test.

This is the third time this week the Red Sox have had to place a player on COVID-related IL. Closer Matt Barnes was placed on the list on Tuesday due to symptoms, but tested negative and was re-activated shortly after. Jarren Duran was placed on the list on Friday, with no update yet on his status.

In order to fill Martinez’s spot on the roster, the Red Sox called up Connor Wong from Triple-AAA Worcester. Tanner Houck was also called up as the 27th player for the doubleheader, and is expected to start the second of the two games.

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