The Red Sox reinstated J.D. Martinez from the COVID-19 Related Injured List early Sunday afternoon. Michael Chavis was optioned to the team’s alternate site. Martinez was out of the lineup Saturday with what the team described as a common cold. But because of COVID protocols implemented by Major League Baseball, Martinez had to undergo a rapid test in addition to a more in-depth polymerase chain reaction test.
Martinez will play in Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles. The veteran designated hitter entered the day batting .433/.469/.867 with two homers and leads the majors with seven doubles.