Ron Roenicke on OMF clarifies J.D. Martinez not pinch-hitting vs. Yankees

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Last Saturday against the Yankees, J.D. Martinez could have pinch-hit for Andrew Benintendi in the ninth inning, but he did not.

After the game, manager Ron Roenicke said he wasn't available, but also he could have hit.

“We could have,” Roenicke said. “Again, both of us probably rather would have not, him and us. That’s kind of what the decision came to.”

With that, some questioned Martinez and why he did not pinch-hit and appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Wednesday, Roenicke clarified what happened.

“I guess what it comes down to is - and these are hard decisions for me as when I tell a guy he’s off for that day, how much time do I give a guy to get loose and how big does a moment need to be for me to use him? I think when I looked at him and he looked at me, I just shook my head and no, I didn’t want him to hit," he said. "It’s my decision and I really, and I still struggle with it, I just talked to Jerry (Narron) about it a few days ago, we gave Mitch (Moreland) a day off and I was like, ‘OK, do we really want this guy to try and get ready to get in?’ Because you can’t just go up there cold and just try and swing and produce. You’ve really got to get yourself loose and these are tough decisions. I still don’t like them.”

.@RedSox Manager Ron Roenicke made his weekly appearance and walked back "mutual decision" explanation for @JDMartinez28 not pinch-hitting vs #Yankees.Full interview: https://t.co/CjXnvcTdxZWatch us Mon-Fri 2-6 pm via https://t.co/FbRE4PikFJ pic.twitter.com/QGF79aOxvn

— OMF (@OMFonWEEI) August 12, 2020