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Rafael Devers scratched from Red Sox lineup with shoulder issue

Rafael Devers scratched from Red Sox lineup with shoulder issue originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Red Sox have an injury scare just one game into the 2024 MLB season.

Rafael Devers was a late scratch from Friday's lineup vs. the Seattle Mariners due to left shoulder soreness, the team announced about two hours before first pitch. The two-time All-Star was replaced at third base by Bobby Dalbec.

Here's the updated lineup, per the Red Sox' X account:

It goes without saying the Red Sox -- already entering the season with low expectations -- can't afford to lose Devers for an extended period. The 27-year-old is the most fearsome hitter in the lineup and there are no appealing options on the roster to replace him.

Devers is coming off a stellar performance in Boston's 6-4 Opening Day win over Seattle. He went 2-for-5 at the plate with a home run, double, and two RBI.

His absence will be felt against Mariners starter George Kirby on Friday night. Devers is 5-for-10 with a homer in his career against the right-hander.