Tampa Bay Times

Red Sox’s Martinez goes on virus list

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Red Sox outfielder/designated hitter J.D. Martinez has cold symptoms and was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday.

Martinez underwent coronaviru­s testing, and the team is awaiting the results.

Going on the COVID-19 IL does not require a positive test. If he tests negative twice, Martinez can return to the lineup for the series finale today at Baltimore.

“We feel pretty confident that he’ll be able to be with us (today), but obviously we have to wait,” manager Alex Cora said.

Martinez, 33, has been of the hottest hitters to start the season. He’s batting .433 (13for-30) with seven doubles, two homers and 12 RBIs.

He entered the day with a majors-leading nine extrabase hits. Martinez has at least one extra-base hit in each of his team’s first seven games, one of five players in MLB history to accomplish that feat.

Cora fully understand­s the league’s precaution.

“I’ll tell you my story in spring training,” Cora said. “We got this app that they asked you how you feel, right? I had allergies in spring training, and you got to be honest, you know, as far as like, ‘Okay, so I felt this.’ And as soon as I sent it, I got a text, a phone call and a lot of people panic, and in less than five minutes. So I had to go to JetBlue Park (in Fort Myers), do the rapid test, stay in my office until they gave me the green light and that was it.

“But it’s understand­able, right? We know what we are fighting against. But we don’t know how it moves or when we can get it, where, but I understand the protocols. I’m okay with it. So if we don’t have J.D. for one day, so be it, you know?”

BRAVES: Righthande­r Chris Martin’s right-shoulder inflammati­on has landed him on the 10-day injured list. The move came after Martin’s workout Friday showed ongoing problems. He complained of numbness in his fingers and was forced to leave a relief appearance last Sunday at Philadelph­ia.

GIANTS: Third baseman Evan Longoria returned to the lineup after sitting out Friday’s home opener with side effects from the onedose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

METS: Third baseman J.D. Davis was put on the 10-day injured list with a bruised left hand. He was hit by a pitch Tuesday against the Phillies and hasn’t played since.

TIGERS: Right-hander Julio Teheran could miss significan­t time with a strained shoulder suffered while warming up for his scheduled start on Friday. “He’s going to miss quite a few starts,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s not going to be throwing. A shoulder strain is very difficult to manage.” Teheran, 30, who won his debut with the club last week, was warming up for his second start when he felt tightness in his triceps.

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Consecutiv­e no-hitters with Victor Caratini as the starting catcher, the first in MLB history to be behind the plate for consecutiv­e no-hitters for different teams. Caratini was on the receiving end of Joe Musgrove’s no-hitter for the Padres late Friday at Texas. He was the catcher Sept. 13 when Alec Mills threw one for the Cubs at Milwaukee. There have been 10 other times when a starting catcher caught consecutiv­e no-hitters, but all were for the same team, according to Elias Sports.

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