BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today reinstated designated hitter/outfielder J.D. Martinez from the COVID-19 Related Injured List. To make room on the 26-man roster, infielder Michael Chavis was optioned to the Alternate Training Site.
Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.
Through seven games this season, Martinez, 33, has hit .433 (13-for-30) with seven doubles, two home runs, and 12 RBI. Entering play today, the right-handed batter leads all major league players in extra-base hits (9) and ranks among American League leaders in slugging percentage (4th; .867), OPS (5th; 1.335), and batting average (6th). Dating back to last season, Martinez has hit safely in eight straight games. He recorded at least one extra-base hit in all of his team’s first seven games of the year, making him one of five players in MLB history to do so.
Chavis, 25, began the year at the club’s Alternate Training Site but made his season debut last night as a pinch runner in the 10th inning and scored the game-winning run in the Red Sox’ 6-4 victory at Baltimore. In 25 Grapefruit League games this spring the Georgia native hit .250 (15-for-60) with three doubles, six home runs, 11 RBI, and a .892 OPS. Last season, Chavis hit .212 (31-for-146) with five doubles, two triples, five home runs, and 19 RBI.