July 14, 2024

Purple Sox

Rafael Devers was scratched from Sunday’s matinee towards the Dodgers on account of a sore wrist.

A Boston Red Sox trainer and manager Alex Cora check on Rafael Devers after he was hit by a pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in Boston.
Rafael Devers damage his wrist throughout Saturday’s win over the Dodgers. (AP Photograph/Michael Dwyer)

With the Purple Sox in pursuit of an AL wild-card spot, Alex Cora provided up some excellent news following Boston’s 7-4 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon.

Rafael Devers was scratched from Sunday’s matinee after taking a pitch off the wrist the day earlier than, however Cora famous on Sunday that Devers’ X-ray outcomes got here again adverse.

Boston hopes Devers might be cleared and capable of play on Monday, when the Purple Sox welcome the Houston Astros for a three-game collection at Fenway Park.

“That’s the plan,” Cora mentioned postgame. “We’ll see. We’ll see how he feels.”

Dropping Devers for any important stretch of time would have severely hampered Boston’s hopes of punching its ticket again to the postseason.

In 123 video games this season, Devers is batting .272 with 29 dwelling runs and 88 RBI. Regardless of some lulls on the plate, Devers has performed a key half in Boston’s stronger play within the second half, batting .325 and posting a .983 OPS since July 1.

Not like a big swath of the Purple Sox roster, Devers has managed to largely keep away from the harm bug throughout the 2023 season. Previous to Sunday, the one time the All-Star third baseman missed time on account of harm this season was in July, when a calf ailment compelled him to sit down out for 2 video games.

Even earlier than Sunday’s X-ray outcomes got here in, Cora mentioned pregame that the workforce wasn’t involved that Devers’ wrist was going to be a lingering concern.

“He’s sore,” Cora mentioned of Devers. “So we’ll simply keep from him. We consider it’s a daily factor. So it is sensible to maintain him out of the lineup and go from there.”