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Cora: Red Sox waiting on Mitch Moreland's status to shape ALCS roster

Rob Bradford
October 11, 2018 - 3:00 pm

There is a chance the Red Sox could tweak their 25-man roster for the American League Championship Series against Houston, but Alex Cora suggested the likelihood is that things remain status quo.

"We haven’t talked about it yet. We’re going to sit down probably after the workout today and see where we’re at," said Cora during his media availability Thursday. "I think our roster in the Yankees series matches up well with who we’re going to play here. They’ve got Josh (Reddick) and (Brian) McCann is coming off the bench. Marwin (Gonzalez) is a switch-hitter. Our righties, they throw the ball well against the Yankees. Most likely we’ll stay the same, but we still have to meet and talk about it and obviously make a decision as a group."

Cora went on to say that if there was a change it would likely involve adding a pitcher, with teams (like last year's Astros) going from 11 to 12 pitchers for series that are best-of-seven. The Red Sox manager insinuated that the status of Mitch Moreland would determine any alteration.

Moreland is still nursing an injured hamstring, suffered in Game 2 Saturday night. Cora said that the days leading up to Saturday's ALCS opener would be used to make a determination on the first baseman.

With Steven Wright unavailable (he is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee), the pitchers available for consideration would be Bobby Poyner or Drew Pomeranz.