J.D. Martinez expected to debut Friday for Mets

By Thomson Reuters Apr 26, 2024 | 1:33 PM

J.D. Martinez is expected to make his long-awaited New York Mets debut on Friday when the team opens a seven-game homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Signed to a one-year, reported $12 million contract on March 23, Martinez wasn’t in spring training with the Mets. He needed time to prepare for the season, then dealt with a back issue.

In a pair of games at Triple-A Syracuse, Martinez was 3-for-8 with three runs driven in.

With the Mets, Martinez is expected to bat behind Pete Alonso at designated hitter.

Manager Carlos Mendoza said earlier this week that barring a setback, Martinez would be in the lineup Friday. He will not be the everyday DH from the start.