Don’t expect to see outfielder J.D. Martinez in the Houston lineup for awhile. Martinez is still healing from a sprained left wrist sustained in Toronto, prompting him to be placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 26.
“I haven’t swung a bat yet so obviously it’s not anytime soon,” said Martinez.
Martinez was injured after an awkward slide into second base. Martinez had returned to the lineup on July 25 after missing one game against Oakland with a lower back contusion sustained on July 23.
Prior to his injury, Martinez was hitting .357 over his last 14 at-bats with two doubles and a RBI.
“These things seem to happen every time I’m swinging the bat well,” said Martinez. “It’s very frustrating. Cross my fingers and pray and hope it heals.”
Martinez had been away from the team as the Astros on Sunday concluded a 10-game, 11-day road trip. Martinez was back with his teammates in the Astros clubhouse on Monday as Houston opens a three-game series at Minute Maid Park against the Boston Red Sox.
“It’s good to have him around the team,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “He’ll do most of his rehabbing here.”
Robbie Grossman was recalled from Triple A Oklahoma City on July 26 to replace Martinez.