We knew when Alex Cora gave Rafael Devers a day off on Wednesday against a pitcher he's mashed in the past that it was a little more than just a rest.
The Boston Red Sox have decided to place third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, which will be retroactive to Wednesday. To fill his spot on the active roster, the Red Sox have called up infielder Tzu-Wei Lin from Triple-A.
Red Sox place Rafael Devers on the 10-day DL with left shoulder inflammation, retroactive to 7/11. Tzu-Wei Lin called up in his place.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 12, 2018
According to Red Sox manager Alex Cora Wednesday, Devers has been "banged up" from sliding and the everyday wear and tear of the position. If you look at his recent production, hitting .138/.265/.172 with one double in the month of July, it certainly makes sense that something physically has been a problem for Devers.
MLB: Red Sox put Rafael Devers (shoulder) on DL https://t.co/cQkxnLtzTU— Rotoworld (@rotoworld) July 12, 2018
On the season, the 21-year-old is slashing .241/.292/.424 with 14 home runs, 48 RBI and 92 strikeouts over 340 at-bats.
While it seemed silly at the time, maybe the rumors that the Red Sox are at least inquiring about Orioles superstar Manny Machado should be taken a little more seriously, especially with the injury to Devers and his overall lack of consistent production.