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The Boston Red Sox are losing one of their better young players heading into the short term. Third baseman Rafael Devers pulled a hamstring during Saturday’s 10-4 win over the Minnesota Twins, and will go on the 10-day disabled list. Utility infielder Tzu-Wei Lin has been promoted from Pawtucket.
Rafael Devers to the 10-Day Disabled List
This news comes as a bad blow to the Red Sox, as Devers had been one of the teams best hitters in recent weeks. Ever since returning from his shoulder injury, Devers posted a .296/.345/.444 slash line with a 114 wRC+. His biggest moment during that stretch came in Friday’s 4-3 win over Minnesota.
In that game, Devers launched a game-tying solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning. Thanks to Dever’s heroics, the Sox sent the game to extra innings and won one inning later thanks to a Mookie Betts blast.
Devers initially pulled his hamstring in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game. After drawing a bases loaded walk, Eduardo Nunez launched a double into left center field. While it looked as though Devers could score from first, the third baseman held up at third. While he had to be removed from the game, he managed to walk off without a noticeable limp.
With Devers sidelined, Eduardo Nunez will likely see time at third base while Brock Holt will serve as the everyday second baseman. Tzu-Wei Lin will serve as the primary backup to both positions, as well as the shortstop spot.
Lin has spent portions of the season in both Boston and Pawtucket. Through 19 major league games, Lin is hitting .182/.265/.227 with a 36 wRC+. While he’s a solid defender, he won’t challenge Nunez or Holt for any regular playing time.