The Red Sox won’t have Rafael Devers for Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers, but they aren’t overly concerned about his long-term health.
Devers is still struggling with a right wrist injury sustained in Saturday’s win, although Alex Cora is optimistic he will return to the lineup soon.
“He’ll be having x-rays later today,” the Red Sox manager told reporters ahead of Sunday’s game. ” He is hurt. So we will stay away from him. We think it’s a day-to-day affair. So it makes sense to keep him out of the lineup and go from there.
Devers was injured in the eighth inning when Dodgers reliever Bryan Hudson’s fastball hit him in the wrist. The Red Sox star slugger appeared to be in a lot of pain, grimacing as he took his time getting to first base while the coaching staff briefly assessed him.
Devers stayed in the game and actually scored an insurance run later in the inning as part of the Red Sox’ 8-5 win.
The Red Sox third baseman has mostly been in good health so far in the 2023 season. The only time he has been ruled out of a game due to injury this season, it was in July, when he suffered from a calf problem which caused him to miss a few games. He didn’t need to be on the injured list because of this illness.
Luis Urías replaced Devers in third place for Sunday’s game while Pablo Reyes, who left Saturday’s game with elbow pain, returned to the line-up.
In other injury news for the Red Sox, the team has placed left-hander Brennan Bernardino on the COVID-19 injured list. Bernardino has a 2.55 ERA in 42 1/3 innings pitched in 43 outings this season, making him one of the Red Sox’s strongest arms outside the bullpen.
It is the first time in over a year that the ball club has placed someone on the COVID-19 injury list.
To replace Bernardino, the Red Sox have called on Chris Murphy. The southpaw has a 3.72 ERA in 38 2/3 innings pitched in 13 outings this season.
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