BOSTON -- It wasn't until Rafael Devers was rounding second base that he realized something was wrong."When I bunted, I felt a little discomfort, but didn't really feel like I had pulled anything," Devers said through an interpreter. "But then, when I was rounding second that time, it got a
BOSTON -- It wasn't until Rafael Devers was rounding second base that he realized something was wrong.
"When I bunted, I felt a little discomfort, but didn't really feel like I had pulled anything," Devers said through an interpreter. "But then, when I was rounding second that time, it got a little worse."
In the Red Sox's 10-4 win against the Twins on Saturday, Devers left the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, and Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace him.
But Devers said he thinks 10 days will be more than enough time to recover.
"Personally, I feel like I can come back sooner," Devers said. "But I'm just gonna play it with however they suggest."
He pulled his hamstring once before in the Minor Leagues and felt some tightness at the start of this season due to the cold. It's the second time this month Devers was placed on the DL; he landed there on July 12, after playing with discomfort in his left shoulder for several weeks.
Despite the quick return to the DL, Devers is not concerned about his health.
"I'm not worried, just because those are injuries that happen to any ballplayer," he said. "Thankfully, there hasn't been anything serious, anything -- no ruptures or anything like that. But I think that with rest I'll be a lot better."
Red Sox turn to versatile players
With Devers out and Xander Bogaerts taking a scheduled day off, manager Alex Cora got creative in setting the lineup for the final game of the series against the Twins.
Brock Holt assumed Bogaerts' spot at shortstop, while Blake Swihart was penciled in for his first career start at third base, replacing Devers.
Cora said he was comfortable putting Swihart at third, citing that Twins left-handed hitters only hit 2 percent of their ground balls to third base.
The lineup is unconventional, with the Red Sox stretched thin by injuries and off-days. But because several players on the roster can fill in at multiple positions, they can make do with the players they have.
"Versatility is very important at the big league level nowadays," Cora said. "When you have guys [who] can play multiple positions, like Brock and Eduardo [Nunez], Blake -- even the outfielders, you know, J.D. [Martinez]. It helps you out. You can be creative certain days, and sometimes you feel you need offense, so you try to plug somebody in certain spots, and you go from there. But that's what we've been talking the whole time. Versatility [is] huge for us."
Blake Richardson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.