Cora expresses support, disappointment following Steven Wright PED suspension

John Tomase
March 06, 2019 - 5:04 pm

Related: Steven Wright suspended by MLB for violating PED policy

Red Sox manager Alex Cora expressed support and disappointment in the wake of news that knuckleballer Steven Wright will be suspended for 80 games for violating the MLB's substance-abuse policy after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Speaking to reporters in Florida, Cora said he didn't know about Wright's suspension until Wednesday.

"I mean, obviously it's something that we didn't expect, but we'll adjust," he said. "Not of this magnitude obviously, but we went through it in the ALDS. We found out he was hurt at 4 and we made adjustments throughout. So we will."

Wright tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), according to MLB. The Red Sox had been hoping Wright could fill a role in their bullpen, where he excelled last year before a flare-up of knee problems ended his season. Without him -- and Wright was no sure thing because of lingering knee soreness -- Cora noted that relievers like Colton Brewer or Tyler Thornburg would need to step up.

He also applauded baseball for trying to keep the sport clean.

"It is what it is," Cora said. "We just have to turn the page, obviously. Give him the support that he needs, obviously. He's still a part of us. And move on.

"He's not the first one," Cora added. "He's not going to be the last one. I think MLB is doing an outstanding job trying to clean the game."