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Boston Red Sox star J.D. Martinez added to ALDS roster

Sep 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) hits a two run home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) hits a two run home run during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez rejoined the team’s roster for their American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The division rivals will open the best-of-five ALDS on Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Martinez was left off the roster for Tuesday night’s wild-card win over the New York Yankees because of a sprained left ankle.

Martinez sustained the injury in the fifth inning of Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Washington Nationals when he tripped over second base while jogging out to right field.

Martinez, 34, batted .286 with 28 homers and 99 RBIs for the Red Sox this season, his fourth in Boston.

The veteran outfielder and designated hitter is a four-time All-Star and has a .290 career batting average with 266 homers and 837 RBIs since making his major league debut with the Houston Astros in 2011.

–Field Level Media