J.D. Martinez leaves Red Sox-Royals game with back spasms

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Even though the Red Sox wrapped up a three-game sweep of the cellar-dwelling Royals with a 7-5 win Thursday afternoon, the victory didn't come without a cost.

That's because J.D. Martinez had to leave the game after four innings thanks to back spasms, the same ailment that forced him to miss four straight games last month and two other games in late April.

Martinez went 1-for-2 with a double before his early exit, scoring a run in the third inning on Rafael Devers' single, and that's when the injury flared up again.

"He's doing OK. Back spasms, probably going to be a tough flight for him, but we'll know a little bit more tomorrow," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora after the game. "Actually it wasn't a swing, it was when Raffy hit that line drive, when he turned around to see the flight of the ball, he felt it, and I was like 'It doesn't make sense for you to keep playing.' Hopefully it's nothing and he'll be able to play during the weekend."

Cora is hoping that the back spasms aren't a recurring issue for Martinez, who is batting .296 with 12 home runs this season.

"We don't like it, obviously. We're treating him and trying to keep him on the field," added Cora. "We'll see how it goes."

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