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Rafael Devers called up to Red Sox after 9 games in Triple-A

Ryan Hannable
July 23, 2017 - 6:20 pm

The Red Sox aren't wasting any time.

After the offense has struggled to open the second half of the season, especially at third base, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters in Anaheim third baseman Rafael Devers has been selected from Triple-A Pawtucket and will join the team in Seattle.

Reliever Kyle Martin has been sent back to Triple-A and to get Devers on the 40-man roster, Robbie Ross Jr. has been transferred to the 60-day DL.

“Well, we’ve been constantly keeping track of him as far as his performance," Dombrowski told reporters. "We moved him to Triple-A to get a pulse of how he would handle that on the field, first of all, which he’s handled it very well. Secondly, from a mental perspective, and our people just say that he continues to handle the challenges that are given to him. Our biggest concern with him has been that if we brought him up and he struggles, like a lot of guys do, how would he handle it? And our people feel that he would handle it well at this point. They said that he’s ready to tackle that next step.”

Devers was promoted to Triple-A just over a week ago and has played in nine games. In those nine games he hit .324/.378/.529 with two home runs and four RBIs. While things have been going well at the plate, he has made four errors in the field. The third baseman played in MLB's Futures Game and the Double-A All-Star Game in the past month after hitting .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs in 77 games with Portland this year.

“The timing is, I would say, we’d have brought him up two weeks ago if they’d have said, don’t worry about it," Dombrowski said. "Really, it wasn’t anybody was overly concerned. We just wanted to see how he would respond, so he’s continued to do well, and we have the need. I don’t know that it was that important before the deadline. We just think he can tackle it at this point.”

He is just 20 years old and still has some developing to do, but the Red Sox seem desperate for a spark offensively at third base which is why the move was made.

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