J.D. Martinez officially has appeared in a live game for the Boston Red Sox.
Sure it was a spring training game, but nonetheless Martinez was in the starting lineup Wednesday for the Red Sox’s 8-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. And for the Red Sox and their fans alike, it was the first opportunity to take a peek at prized free-agent acquisition against an opposing team.
So here’s how it went:
Even though Martinez will spend most of his time as a designated hitter during the regular season, he played in left field Wednesday.
The 30-year-old slugger played four innings in the outfield and had a pair of at-bats. He went 0-for-2, flying out to right and center field.
Following the split squad loss, Sox manager Alex Cora had quite a bit of high praise about the work Martinez has been doing since joining the team in Fort Myers.
“He already has like 15 at-bats on the back fields and he faced some good competition,” Cora said, via MLB.com. “The only difference is the stadium and he’s playing defense, but this is a guy that works on his craft. This whole week just watching video, in the cage, hitting outside, asking for live BP, he prepares, and there’s a reason for that. He was designated for assignment four years ago (by the Houston Astros), and now he’s going to hit in the middle of the lineup for the Boston Red Sox, with a team that has a chance to win the World Series.”
Martinez will DH Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays and have Friday off.
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