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Alex Cora offers postseason roster clues

Rob Bradford
September 28, 2018 - 5:01 pm

When it comes to the Red Sox' postseason roster, Alex Cora is still playing it close to the vest. But Friday he did offer some more hints at how the group of 25 players will look when Game 1 of the American League Division Series kicks off on Oct. 5.

- Cora confirmed that he will be taking 14 position players and 11 pitchers.

- He said that there are perhaps two more decisions to make, both coming in the bullpen. 

- Cora doesn't anticipate the roster changing dependent on who the Red Sox play, Oakland or New York.

- The fourth starting pitcher -- after Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello -- could be altered depending on the opponent. (The guess would be that Nathan Eovaldi starts if it's the Yankees, while Eduardo Rodriguez might get the nod against Oakland.) Cora said on OMF with Glenn Ordway, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria that he believes Rodriguez is still stretched out enough to start, with the plan to throw him three or so innings in relief over the weekend.

- Porcello pitching Sunday, the last game of the regular season, was to limit his rest in between starts rather than push him to a possible Game 4 start. It suggests that Porcello is not going to be bumped in back of Eovaldi or Rodriguez.

"We’re trying to keep Rick as close to the Division Series as possible," Cora said. "We actually made that decision on Wednesday before the game. It’s something that I thought about, like, ‘Why are we pitching Rick?’ It’s something that, with everything that’s going on, you try to stay on a strict program but you can adjust, just like they did this weekend. We thought it was going to be different and now it’s this way. We decided to pitch Rick on Sunday. We’ll see where they’re at as far as who they play or who they don’t play, but I think at the end, you know what Rick is going to throw. It’s just a matter of executing pitches."

- Cora wouldn't identify Eduardo Nunez or Rafael Devers as his starting third baseman. After serving as the designated hitter Friday, Nunez is slated to play in the field between 5-7 innings Sunday to test his hamstring. The infielder told his hamstring is fully healed, with the rest also helping his balky right knee.