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Rafael Devers looks ready to return to Red Sox after homering in rehab game

Connor Donahue
August 06, 2018 - 11:08 pm

LOWELL -- Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers completed what is expected to be a one-game rehab assignment by suiting up for the Lowell Spinners Monday night.

Devers batted third and played third base for the Spinners in an 11-3 victory. He went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI’s before he was pulled in the seventh inning. He made an error in the one fielding opportunity he got at third.

“I feel great. It feels great to be here. I felt like I gave my 100 percent out there,” Devers said through translator Denisse Torres. “[That last at-bat] I was looking for more pitches, taking my time. I felt great about my last at-bat, I got comfortable.”

Devers was placed on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury on July 29. It’s been an up-and-down season for Devers, as the 21-year-old is batting .245 with 15 home runs for the Sox this season.

This is Devers’ second DL stint this season, he had just returned from another 10-day stint for shoulder inflammation. The third baseman acknowledged that injuries come with the territory of playing baseball almost every day.

“It’s part of the game, it’s something that happens,” Devers said. “I try my best to prevent it but it’s part of the game. I’m just excited to be back.”

The 21-year-old was with the Red Sox the night before his rehab assignment, watching his club rally back against the Yankees late into the night, completing a four-game sweep.

“It’s kind of tough [to miss those games] because it’s against the Yankees and it’s exciting to play against them,” Devers said. “But I had to heal, take my time, and I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Red Sox executive Tony La Russa was in attendance to watch Devers and said the Sox are keeping an eye on the third baseman, but feel he is about ready to go.

“We’re mostly watching the way [Devers] is moving, he’s being careful coming into first base,” La Russa explained. “But he’s getting his work in, so as long as he’s healthy everything else will fall into place.”

Devers will be eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday ahead of a nine-game road trip with stops in Toronto, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

“He’ll probably play be able to play this weekend, I understand,” La Russa said. “[The coaches and trainers] have been watching him. Our guys have said he’s been ready for a while. I think he’s ready, but it’s nice to see him in action.”

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