J.D. Martinez. (Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Red Sox will try for a commanding 3-0 World Series advantage tonight here in Los Angeles, but Boston may not be at full strength.
MVP candidate J.D. Martinez was expected to play the outfield since there’s no designated hitter in National League ballparks but, after hurting his ankle in Game 1 and playing through the soreness in Game 2, he said Wednesday night the problem’s still bothering him.
"You know, obviously I rolled it, it was sore today," Martinez said. "But I was able to play and be competitive. As of right now I'm planning on playing. I feel like it's going to be fine."
Alex Cora spoke yesterday, though, after the team touched down out west, and the skipper wasn’t so sure.
"We'll see," he said. "Actually he felt better today walking around. He got treatment on the way here, he's gonna get treatment tonight, he'll get treatment tomorrow morning, in the afternoon, and then we'll make a decision. It looked bad early in the game, but then it seems like he was moving better toward the end. He'll let us know."
Martinez is 3-7 with 4 RBI in the World Series.
If he plays, he’ll patrol right, Mookie Betts will move to center, and Jackie Bradley Junior will sit. No Martinez, no significant positional changes from the first two wins.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports