WASHINGTON — Of all the important things the Red Sox didn’t require in Game No. 162, a freak injury to a crucial gamer was high up on the list.
But that’s what took place when star slugger J.D. Martinez sprained his left ankle when he tripped over the second-base bag going out to play ideal field for the bottom of the 5th inning.
Red Sox supervisor Alex Cora and a member of the training personnel headed out to look at Martinez, who remained in the video game at first.
But when Martinez’s turn pertained to bat in the top of the 6th inning, Cora sent out up José Iglesias as a pinch-hitter.
Iglesias came through with a single and end up scoring on a Christian Vázquez single to slim the Nationals’ result in 5-2.
It is unidentified how serious Martinez’s sprain is and if he will be offered ought to the Red Sox play a tiebreaker video game on Monday.