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Boston Red Sox place J.D. Martinez on COVID-19 injured list

Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) grounded out against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at Comerica Park in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) grounded out against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at Comerica Park in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021.

The Boston Red Sox placed designated hitter J.D. Martinez on the COVID-19 injured list on Saturday.

Martinez, 33, joins rookie outfielder Jarren Duran on the COVID-19 injured list while the Red Sox await their test results.

“He felt sick last night,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora told masslive.com Saturday, referring to Martinez. “He’s been feeling sick the whole day. He’s going to go through testing.”

Martinez, who made his fourth career All-Star Game appearance this season, is batting .284 with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs in 104 games.

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Catcher Connor Wong, who was called up from Triple-A Worcester, will replace Martinez on Boston’s active roster for Saturday’s doubleheader against the host Toronto Blue Jays.

The Red Sox also recalled righthander Tanner Houck as their 27th man and will start him in the second game of the doubleheader.

–Field Level Media