June 19, 2024

The Boston Red Sox are anxiously awaiting updates on the condition of Chris Martin, a crucial member of their bullpen. Martin walked off the field during Saturday’s session, barely having a chance to complete his work.

According to Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, Martin threw only two warmup pitches before abruptly leaving the mound. Details on the incident and his condition are currently unclear.

With Kenley Jansen already sidelined due to injury, the Boston Red Sox can ill afford to lose Chris Martin as well. The 37-year-old had an outstanding 2023 season with Boston, posting a remarkable 1.05 ERA in 55 games. Martin, an eight-year veteran, has had a journeyman career, having previously played for several teams including the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers. Throughout his career, he has exclusively served as a reliever, making all 324 of his appearances out of the bullpen.

Overall, Martin owns a 13-17 record with a 3.36 ERA. He also has 12 career saves and could potentially be in line for save opportunities in Boston if Jansen is unable to start the season on time.

The Red Sox are coming off a challenging season where they finished last in the American League East for the third time in four years. To turn things around and surprise the baseball world this year, they’ll need everything to go their way. Unfortunately, they’ve already faced setbacks, with Jansen and now Martin dealing with injuries. Furthermore, Lucas Giolito is likely out for the season, and Vaughn Grissom is set to begin the year on the injured list with a groin injury.

Boston Red Sox' Dealing with Possible Injury to Critical Bullpen Member

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