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Rafael Devers leaves game in 2nd inning after awkward slide into home plate

Ryan Hannable
March 26, 2018 - 7:06 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With just two days until the Red Sox open their regular season Thursday in Tampa, the last thing they need is an injury to their 21-year-old third baseman.

In the second inning of the second-to-last spring training game Monday night, Rafael Devers tried to score from third base following an over-throw on a throw back to the mound. As the ball arrived, Devers slid awkwardly into Cubs catcher Victor Caratini. After being down for a few minutes, he was able to walk off under his own power, but did seem to be favoring his right knee.

Devers was removed from the game and replaced at third base by Blake Swihart.

The Red Sox called the injury a right knee contusion and he's day-to-day.

"When I threw myself into home plate, my knee hit the ground and I felt man, I messed up my knee because it was an impact that happened -- I hit the ground before I hit any part of the catcher," he said through a translator.

Despite what happened, Devers feels he'll be ready for Opening Day.

"I feels a little hurtful now but with treatment I’m sure I’ll be ready for Opening Day," he said.

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