Red Sox 'not counting on Devers at this point'

Red Sox 'not counting on Devers at this point'

BOSTON — Rafael Devers could continue to rake at Triple-A Pawtucket and make it to the majors this year. Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski seems to want to keep that possibility on the back burner — at least publicly.

Twenty-year-olds don’t need that pressure, if it can be avoided. Devers on Friday was promoted from Double-A Portland, on the same day the Sox designated Pablo Sandoval for assignment.

“I'm not counting on Devers at this point,” Dombrowski said Friday. “We again think Rafael Devers is going to be a very, very good player. But I don't want to put it on his back that we're counting on him in a pennant race. He should go to Triple-A and play like he's capable of playing and we'll see what takes place at that time.”

Last year, the Red Sox jumped Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi both from Double-A to the majors. It worked for the latter, but not the former, who’s now with the White Sox following the Chris Sale trade.

“I really at times have been open-minded to jumping guys from Double-A to the big leagues,” Dombrowski said Friday. “You saw we did it last year. Our guys just feel with his age, where he is and what he's come through that it would be beneficial for him to go to Triple-A from a maturity perspective. Really this year he's been tremendous. But we thought it could be beneficial for him to see Triple-A and see how he adjusts to that.”

Sale on the latest JBJ spectacular catch: 'What's wrong with that guy?'

Sale on the latest JBJ spectacular catch: 'What's wrong with that guy?'

The catches are becoming routine but that doesn't make them any less spectacular.

"'What's wrong with that guy?'" is what Chris Sale asked third baseman Brock Holt after they watched Jackie Bradley Jr. turn what surely looked like an extra base hit off the bat by the Angels' Yunel Escobar into another highlight-reel grab in the first inning of the Red Sox' 6-2 victory over the Angels in Anaheim on Friday night. 

"I literally, I looked at Brock and said, 'What's wrong with that guy?'" Sale told reporters, including's Jen McCaffrey. "It just seems like once he makes a great catch, it's like, all right, that's the best one. And then he makes another one, and ok, that's the best one now. It just seems like he's always raising the bar. It's fun to watch."

Less than a week after robbing the Yankees' Aaron Judge of a home run with his catch in the triangle at Fenway (below), Bradley explained yet another spectacular catch, this time to NESN's Jamai Webster.  

“Off the bat, it was well hit,” Bradley Jr. told Webster “Head[ed] towards the gap, I believe he had two strikes on him, so I was playing him toward the opposite field a little bit. I took off, tried to gauge as much as I possibly can, tried to time up my steps to try to make a leap...I wanted to go for it.”

"That's a big-time play by a big-time player," Sale said. 

"I don't know if you expect it, but I guess we're starting to, especially with what they're doing out there," Sale said. "Those guys, all four [outfielder, Bradley, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Chris Young], they work as hard as anybody, and they cover a lot of ground. I've said it before, it feels like we have four outfielders out there sometimes playing in the same game. It definitely doesn't go unnoticed by us as pitchers, and I think our whole team appreciates the effort all the way around."

On Twitter, JBJ's play drew an "Angels In The Outfield" comparison from fellow center fielder Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles.