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Cora: 'We beat a few teams to the punch' on Eovaldi

Rob Bradford
July 25, 2018 - 3:04 pm

BALTIMORE -- During his weekly appearance on the Dale & Keefe show, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was non-committal regarding who was going to the bullpen now that Nathan Eovaldi has joined the starting rotation, citing both Brian Johnson and Drew Pomeranz have experience in the bullpen.

"We have a lot of stuff into consideration," Cora said. "This happened this morning we're going to sit down and go through all the scenarios and see what is the best scenario for the team. ... We just have to be prepared. The more you have the better you are."

Cora said that Eovaldi's debut will be either Sunday or Monday.

The Red Sox manager relayed his excitement regarding the acquisition of the 28-year-old, pointing to the pitcher's 97-99 mph fastball, and cutter. Cora also mentioned Eovaldi's splitter, which he described as "a good pitch and (one) we're probably to make some adjustments (to) and have him throw it more."

Cora also celebrated the fact that the Red Sox got the pitcher when they did.

"From what I heard around the league we beat a few teams to the punch," he said.

As for Joe Kelly's struggles, Cora said he believed the reliever needs to improve his breaking ball command first and foremost. "We need this guy to be dominant again," the manager said.

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