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Alex Cora on loss of Steven Wright for ALDS: 'It sucks'

Ryan Hannable
October 06, 2018 - 6:09 pm

On Saturday, the Red Sox officially replaced Steven Wright (knee) on the ALDS roster with Heath Hembree after it was learned Friday the knuckleballer would not be available for the series.

The official release said Wright has been diagnosed with inflammation and loose body in his left knee. He's ineligible for the ALCS, but could return for the World Series if he's healthy and the team goes that far.

"He was working out [Friday], and he has to do this testing, like jumping to see where he’s at, whatever, he did it and he was fine," manager Alex Cora said Saturday. "Then he was moving around with a medicine ball and he felt it. He went to a training room afterward. I was doing the media. And when I came out, Brad [Pearson] told me, and Dana [Levangie], it was a mess here. Everybody running around, trying to see what was going on, obviously. We already submitted the roster. Then he had the MRI, and it is what it is. It sucks, because, like yesterday, nobody knew but it was a perfect game for him to come in yesterday and we were short in the first game."

Added Cora: "It sucks because he was throwing the ball well and we had big plans for him."

The manager also believes Hembree's fastball is good against the Yankees hitters.

"Although he struggled with his slider, we feel his fastball can make a difference," Cora said. "We’ll see how we use him. Obviously throughout the season, he was coming in with situations with runners on. I don’t know where we’re going to go but we still feel like 97 mph with life up in the zone is OK with this team."

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