The Red Sox All-Star nods continue to trickle in. As a part of last week’s initial announcement, Rafael Devers was named the starting third baseman for the American League. Over the weekend, Xander Bogaerts joined him as a reserve. Now, the Sox are getting a third bat representing them as an injury replacement.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball named outfielder and designated hitter J.D. Martinez as one of three alternates for this year’s game. He’ll replace Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez, who is dealing with an undisclosed hand injury.
Martinez is hitting .313, which is tied for third-best in the American League. He’s slashing .313/.380/.500, with nine home runs and an American League-best 29 doubles.
This will be Martinez fifth career All-Star appearance, and fourth in a row. He first made the game in 2015, and has done so every year since joining the Red Sox in 2018 (not including 2020, when no All-Star Game was held due to the COVID-19 Pandemic).
The 2022 MLB All-Star Game will take place on July 19. This year’s game is being held at Dodger Stadium, which was originally supposed to host in 2020. The full rosters can be found here.