MLB: Matt Barnes replaces injured Garrett Richards on Red Sox’s ALDS roster

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Boston Red Sox right-hander Garrett Richards will miss the rest of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays with a left hamstring strain.

The Red Sox replaced Richards on their roster with right-hander Matt Barnes after gaining approval from Major League Baseball.

MLB postseason policy allows a team to seek permission to replace an injured player. Richards will be ineligible to play in the American League Championship Series should the Red Sox advance. He would be eligible to play in the World Series if Boston is the AL representative.

Richards faced one batter — recording an out — in Thursday’s 5-0 loss to the Rays on Thursday.

Barnes had a strong first half and made the American League All-Star team but struggled over the second half and lost his job as closer. He was 6-5 with a 3.79 and 24 saves and struck out 84 in 54 2/3 innings.

Also, designated hitter J.D. Martinez (ankle) was in the starting lineup for Friday night’s Game 2. Martinez missed Game 1. He batted .286 with 42 doubles (tied for the major-league lead), 28 homers and 99 RBIs in the regular season.

–Field Level Media

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