It sounds like something minor, but when there’s an injury listed and the name associated with it is J.D. Martinez, it makes sense to be slightly nervous.
Martinez, who was originally slated to bat cleanup in today’s spring training matchup with the Minnesota Twins, was scratched from the lineup with a back injury.
Minor back injury makes J.D. Martinez a scratch for today.
— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) March 13, 2019
There is nothing that indicates that the injury is anything serious, but with a back issue, you always have to be wary, especially when the games don’t count.
Martinez played in yesterday’s game against the Detroit Tigers where he collected one hit on three at-bats. Also worth noting, there was nothing that indicated that yesterday’s play caused today’s injury.
Martinez had injury concern prior to his signing with the Red Sox ahead of last season missing significant time over the course of 2016–missing 42 games–and 2017–missing 43 games. But last year Martinez quelled any fear, at least for the time being, partaking in 150 games through 2018.
In Martinez’s debut season with the Red Sox he posted numbers that put him in the MVP conversation, which his teammate Mookie Betts inevitably won.
During his age 30 season, the DH hit .330 with 43 home runs and 130 RBIs, leading the league in that category.
His spring training numbers though haven’t been hot to kick things off. So far, Martinez is just 1 for 16 over 17 plate appearances.
Whenever I see a back injury arise–even if listed as minor–it’s tough for me to ignore. Keep an eye out for any updates regarding one of the league’s most lethal hitters.