FORT MYERS — J.D. Martinez arrived at JetBlue Park on Wednesday morning to take his physical, which he has yet to clear.

Martinez, who agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract with the Red Sox that allows him to opt out after two seasons and again after the third, spent parts of the last two seasons on the disabled list with a sprained ligament in his foot and a fractured elbow.

There were no indications the slugger wouldn’t pass the physical, but the Red Sox announced there would not be a news conference to introduce Martinez because the physical had not been completed.

In anticipation of Martinez’s arrival, new manager Alex Cora changed his number from No. 28, which he was wearing to honor older brother and fellow former big league infielder Joey, to No. 20. Cora, however, wasn’t getting ahead of himself publicly as far Martinez is concerned.

“I decided to go with 20 as just a good luck charm,” Cora said. “I thought 28 wasn’t good for me, so I’ll go with 20. I talked to my brother. He said, ‘It’s OK. You took care of me for a few days.’ So, 20 is the one now.”

YANKEES: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is set to join spring training camp on Monday.


The Yankees acquired the one-time minor league infielder from the Rangers on Feb. 7 for future considerations.

Wilson will spent a few days with the Yankees but won’t play in any games. He was assigned No. 73; his football jersey is No. 3, long retired by the Yankees for Babe Ruth.

Wilson led the Seahawks to the 2014 Super Bowl championship, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8.

PADRES: Manager Andy Green says newly acquired first baseman Eric Hosmer won’t play in at least the first two spring games.

The Padres open their spring schedule against the Mariners on Friday before visiting the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. The Padres visit the Angels on Sunday.

Hosmer agreed late Monday to a $144 million, eight-year contract. His first workout with the team was Tuesday.

TRADE: Tampa Bay traded All-Star designated hitter Corey Dickerson to Pittsburgh in exchange for relief pitcher Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash.

Dickerson, 28, was designated for assignment last Saturday. He was the AL’s starting DH in last summer’s All-Star game, but struggled at the plate the second half of the season. The trade lets the Rays shed Dickerson’s $5.95 million salary.

Hudson is a 30-year-old right-hander who went 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA in a career-high 71 appearances in 2017. He’s 37-30 with a 3.98 career ERA over eight seasons with the Pirates, White Sox and Diamondbacks. Hudson has 59 career starts, but primarily as a reliever since returning from a second Tommy John surgery in 2015.

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