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Rafael Devers is coming back to Red Sox' lineup

Rob Bradford
July 21, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Rafael Devers is returning to the Red Sox' lineup. It's worth a reminder why that might be important.

According to the team, Devers has been activated from the 10-day disabled list after injuring his right shoulder. Heading back down to Triple-A Pawtucket is reliever Bobby Poyner, who has now made the shuttle to the PawSox five times now this season.

As for Devers, he has experienced an up and down first full year in the major leagues, heading into Saturday night's game with a .241 batting average and .715 OPS, striking out 92 times and walking 25 over his 89 games. His biggest issue has come in the field where the 21-year-old leads all big league third basemen with 19 errors.

After a solid June (.384 average, .918 OPS), Devers slumped badly in July, hitting just .138 with a lone double serving has the lefty batter's only extra-base hit. It is assumed that part of his recent downturn could be traced back to the shoulder injury he originally suffered in Seattle in late June.

Devers' presence in the lineup represents kind of a wild card in an already solid group. When he manages two or more hits this season the Red Sox carry a 31-8 record, with the club going 40-13 when Devers drives in at least one run.

It has been rumored that the Red Sox were showing some interest in Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas. It is assumed that scenario is at least somewhat contingent on Devers' production both offensively and defensively in the coming days.

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