Rafael Devers says hamstring injury isn't serious


MINNEAPOLIS -- In the midst of a fifth-inning rally Wednesday night the Red Sox were struck with some bad news.

Rafael Devers was forced to leave the game with right hamstring tightness. He was replaced by Eduardo Nunez. 

Devers had cruised into third base on Xander Bogaerts' run-scoring double just prior to being taken out. Before his exit the third baseman was 2-for-3, raising his batting average to .307 and OPS to .863.

"I felt it immediately especially after that hit," said Devers of the single that put him on base. "That’s why when I went to third, I couldn’t go as aggressively as I wanted to do and since I struggled with hamstring injuries last year I wanted to be more careful than anything so just came out of the game."

He noted that this ailment wasn't close to the severity of the hamstring issue that put him out of action last season.

"I just felt that it was a little bit tight," he said. "It’s not as bad as what I dealt with last year and hopefully I can go out there and play but it’s up to the coaches to see if they let me play on Friday." 

Devers had been one of the Red Sox' hottest hitters over the last eight games, managing a .359 batting average and 1.042 OPS with three home runs since June 11.

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