Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers has been on the 10-day injured list because of right hamstring inflammation since July 23, meaning he is eligible to be activated as soon as August 2.
Devers took groundballs and hit in the batting cage ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Guardians at Fenway Park. When speaking with reporters (including MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith) earlier Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox manager Alex Cora indicated that the two-time All-Star could return from the injured list without needing to go out on a rehab assignment.
“He’s moving better,” Cora said of Devers. “He’s progressing. I think Raffy will be OK right away.”
Devers, 25, is batting .324/.379/.602 with 29 doubles, one triple, 22 home runs, 55 RBIs, 62 runs scored, two stolen bases, 26 walks, and 69 strikeouts over 87 games (380 plate appearances) so far this season.
In their last four games without Devers, the Red Sox are 1-3 and have averaged just 2.75 runs per game. Bobby Dalbec will start at the hot corner for Boston on Wednesday.
If Devers does indeed come off the injured list when first eligible, that would come when the Red Sox take on the Astros at Minute Maid Park next Tuesday.
(Picture of Rafael Devers: Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)