Red Sox roster speculation might hint IL stint is coming for Rafael Devers

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The Boston Red Sox may have a flurry of reported roster moves coming ahead of their second series against the Los Angeles Angels.

According to the latest buzz, the Red Sox plan to activate Bobby Dalbec before the series begins on the evening of April 12. Boston has two injured infielders who may be headed for stints on the injured list in Romy González and Rafael Devers. The team plans to wait and see how the two infielders feel before finalizing the roster moves.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said on the night of April 11 that he would not rule out a spell on the IL for Devers, who has been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury since spring training. Dalbec's defensive skillset is better suited to third base than shortstop, but if it's González heading to the IL, the Red Sox may not have a choice but to start Dalbec at short.

More buzz suggested Isaiah Campbell will be optioned to Triple-A before the start of the Angels series. The reliever's ERA has skyrocketed in his recent appearances — Campbell let up eight earned runs to the Baltimore Orioles between April 10-11 after he allowed just one run in the rest of his four appearances.

Turns out, though, that Campbell is injured.

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Boston has also added Cooper Criswell to the taxi squad, per a statement from the team. Nick Pivetta was moved to the 15-day IL retroactive to April 6 due to a flexor strain. The Red Sox have not confirmed that Criswell will be starting in the fifth slot on Saturday, but he was sent to the minors at the beginning of the season to stay loose for depth purposes.

Pivetta's injury is not being interpreted as severe by the Red Sox organization and he is expected to return to the lineup after his IL stint.

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

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