October 25, 2018

J.D. Martinez's Sore Ankle May Keep Him Out Of Game 3

J.D. Martinez's sore right ankle may keep him out of the Red Sox's lineup in Game 3 of the World Series Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Martinez rolled his right ankle in the third inning of Game 1 on Tuesday night when he slipped and fell while rounding second base. Martinez stayed in the game and was able to play in Game 2, as well, but he was the designated hitter on those nights. In Los Angeles, because MLB believes it's proper to have the World Series played under alternating sets of rules, Martinez will need to be healthy enough to run in the outfield.

Manager Alex Cora said JDM "felt better today [Thursday] walking around. He got treatment on the way here. He'll get treatment tomorrow morning. In the afternoon, we'll make a decision."

Maryinez: "Right now I plan on playing. I feel like it's going to be fine."

If Martinez is sidelined, the Red Sox will be able to keep their starting outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, and Mookie Betts in the lineup. If Martinez plays right field, Betts will move to center and Bradley will be on the bench.

Cora was asked again about Betts playing in the infield: "No, he's not playing second base [on Friday]. I mean, he's not starting at second base." ... Hmmmmm .....

Less than two hours after the Red Sox won Game 2 of the World Series, Mookie Betts helped deliver trays of food to the homeless people outside the Boston Public Library.

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