Martinez entered Friday night's game to play right field when Mookie Betts (knee) was forced to leave. He had a single in two at-bats and made a pair of nice defensive plays. Betts' injury came out of nowhere, but apparently it's been developing since the All-Star break, according to Bill Ballou of the Providence Journal. He's listed as day-to-day, so Martinez may get another start or two while the Red Sox investigate Betts' knee.
Martinez has been added to Boston's major league roster, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox made a series of moves Saturday afternoon, including recalling Martinez while simultaneously sending Marco Hernandez down to Triple-A Pawtucket. Martinez, who was acquired from Cleveland on Friday, hit .283 with three RBI and one home run in 60 at-bats as an Indian. Through 27 Triple-A games this season, he slashed .288/.351/.442 with 12 RBI.
Martinez was traded to Boston for cash considerations Friday, Tribeinsider reports. Martinez was designated for assignment Saturday after seeing limited playing time throughout June but will now pack his bags and join the Red Sox. The 33-year-old, who's made starts at five different positions this season, will provide depth all over for the diamond for Boston going forward.
Martinez was designated for assignment prior to Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Martinez came into Friday's game and went 0-for-3 during his three at-bats in the extra-inning contest. He was originally called up from Triple-A Columbus on May 14 and has hit .283/.306/.383 with one home run and three RBI during 60 at-bats as a member of the Indians. In a corresponding move, the team recalled pitcher Shawn Morimando to help provide some extra pitching for Saturday's game.
Martinez went 3-for-3 with his first homer of the season, two RBI and two runs against the Royals on Wednesday. It's not often that you seen a effort like this out of the utility man, who was a late addition to Wednesday's lineup with an ankle bruise holding Jose Ramirez out, giving Martinez the opportunity to play third base and bat ninth. He starts but rarely, and despite his small-sample-size .310 average, there's no reason to think Martinez is in the midst of a breakout.