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Red Sox notebook: Trade deadline update, E-Rod update, rookie managers update

John Tomase
July 30, 2018 - 5:52 pm

Highlights from Alex Cora's pregame media session on Monday, 24 hours before Tuesday's trade deadline . . .

Asked if the trade deadline was a topic of conversation downstairs in his clubhouse, Cora smiled.

"Downstairs, upstairs, everywhere," he said. "It's part of this. We know what's going on around the league and we know what's going on with us. I'm comfortable with where we are. We're versatile. Obviously not having (Rafael Devers) for a few days, the rotation is smaller, but I think we're good. We have a good team. You can see there's a few guys stepping up in the bullpen. Joe (Kelly)'s inning was a good one. We still have to keep working with him. Tyler (Thornburg) is a guy that little by little, you can see it, you can see what he was in Milwaukee and what he can become. (Matt) Barnesy keeps doing a good job, Craig (Kimbrel) keeps doing a good job. We're good.

"Sometimes you get caught up in your team and what everybody says about our guys and I think everybody around this time, I don't know if it's because of the workloads or what's going on, everything gets kind of . . . a bullpen pitcher struggles, they need a bullpen. A starter struggles, they need a starter. It's like opening week. Everything gets magnified because of the trade deadline."

Cora offered a positive update on left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who may not be close to returning, but at least remains convinced he'll contribute this season.

"Actually it was very positive," Cora said. "Now he can do other activities besides playing catch. I saw him today doing a few exercises with the ankle and with our therapist down there. He can run on the treadmill, so I know it's not a huge step, it's not getting on the mound, but that's a good step for what we want him to do."

Cora also addressed Phillies counterpart Gabe Kapler, in town for the quick two-game series. The two played together in Boston in 2005 and 2006.

"He was always thinking out of the box, looking at percentages and all that," Cora said. "Loved to talk the game. He had a good relationship with Bill Haselman, so they always talked about it. I don't know about the manager thing, but they were always thinking the game."