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Martinez's signing delayed, but no problems anticipated

Martinez's signing delayed, but no problems anticipated

FORT MYERS, Fla. --  After this winter, what’s a little more waiting?

J.D. Martinez arrived at JetBlue Park on Wednesday morning and was examined during the day. There was a possibility the Red Sox would finish the day by introducing Martinez in his new uniform -- that his agreed-upon, five-year deal would become official.

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We’re going to have to wait until Thursday at the earliest. 

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Wednesday evening told ESPN and NBC Sports Boston that he does not expect Martinez to be in workouts on Thursday. Nonetheless, all indications to this point are that the hold-up is related to the logistics of reviewing Martinez’s medicals.

The Sox are awaiting the results of Martinez’s medical exam(s), which can sometimes include different opinions from different doctors in different places. The Sox’ medical staff is, naturally, Boston-based. Specialists can sometimes be involved.

Media waited around JetBlue Park on Wednesday for word on a press conference’s scheduling. Naturally, there is a sense of the unknown attached to waiting with such a major acquisition.

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But with a deal this large and a player this impactful, the chances of anything going awry to the point a deal deteriorates are slim. The Sox have every right to make sure they’re making a sound investment, and there’s no need to rush a press conference. Contracts can be reworked in the instance something is discovered in Martinez’s exam. But, again, there is no evidence the Sox and Martinez are in that territory.

Martinez has had injuries in recent years. A collision with an outfield wall in 2016 left Martinez with a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of the right elbow. To begin the 2017 season, Martinez had a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot.

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Marcus Stroman calls Dennis Eckersley a clown and hypocrite after announcer takes issue with celebration

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Marcus Stroman calls Dennis Eckersley a clown and hypocrite after announcer takes issue with celebration

As Marcus Stroman ended the sixth inning in the Blue Jays' win Sunday at Fenway Park with a strikeout of Eduardo Nunez, he celebrated by shouting at the Red Sox bullpen. On the Red Sox broadcast, Dennis Eckersley called Stroman's celebration "tired."

Stroman then took to Twitter to call out Eckersley for his comments on the air and didn't hold back, calling him a "clown" and a "hypocrite"

It's hard to tell someone else to stop celebrating when they're handing it to the defending champs for the second game in a row. The next time Stroman takes the mound, he probably won't tone down his celebrations either. 

And the Red Sox' job will be to keep him from celebrating because that's the only thing you can do in that situation. Just score runs on him. 

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Brock Holt (hamstring) leaves Red Sox loss, Cora calls him 'day-to-day'

Brock Holt (hamstring) leaves Red Sox loss, Cora calls him 'day-to-day'

Brock Holt exited the Boston Red Sox' game against the Toronto Blue Jays after just three innings on Sunday afternoon after suffering an apparent injury.

According to multiple reports, Holt left the game with "left hamstring tightness." It's unclear what the extent of the injury might be, but it's certainly not good news for the Red Sox.

Holt was thrown out at home plate in the 2nd inning trying to score from second base and apparently suffered the injury on the play. While Holt did return to the game in the 3rd inning to play the field, he only lasted one inning before being replaced by Eduardo Nunez.

If Holt misses any amount of time, the Red Sox will be thin on the bench once again. Regular starting third baseman, Rafael Devers, missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury of his own. However, Alex Cora expects him to be ready to play in the coming days, so that is good news for the team.

Holt is hitting .302 this season with one homer. He has helped to solidify the team's troubles at second base since returning from the IL with eye and shoulder issues.

UPDATE (5:25 p.m): Alex Cora provided an update on Holt after the game and declared him "day-to-day."

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