Rafael Devers at shortstop? Alex Cora isn't ruling it out


To say the Red Sox have had some moving parts on their 26-man roster this week is an understatement. And one of those pieces of the puzzle that Alex Cora has had to maneuver is the shortstop position.

With Xander Bogaerts out with COVID-19, Cora has had to turn to Yairo Munoz (who also now has COVID) and Jonathan Arauz to fill the spot.

But according to the manager, there might be another name thrown into the mix at some point: Rafael Devers.

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"Actually, I just talked to him five minutes ago and I brought up the subject," said Cora when asked by Will Flemming on the Red Sox Radio Network Pregame Show if he would consider Devers at shortstop.

"I saw him take ground balls at short. He usually does anyway because he plays the shift there. One thing that I battle with is that something happens on a double play, or he makes the wrong move and something happens. If he is going to get beat up or hurt I would rather have him at third base. But the fact that he is very athletic, he has good hands and good footwork, at some point we're going to have to make decisions.

"The way we manage the game as a group, maybe that will be the case. Even Bobby (Dalbec), too. Bobby, he can move to short. We just have to be open-minded and be ready for what the game dictates."

Devers routinely mans the spot usually taken up by the shortstop when the Red Sox shift on left-handed hitters, but he has only officially played two innings at the position as a big leaguer. That came in the eighth and ninth innings of a blowout win over the Angels on Aug. 9, 2019 when Christian Vazquez slid over to shortstop.

Dalbec has been slotted in at shortstop for a total of four innings this season. The first occasion came during a rout by the Blue Jays on July 29, when he played the position for three innings (getting a pair of chances). He then played shortstop for one frame on Aug. 5 in Detroit.