“We talked a bit. He spoke to the medical staff and we decided it was the best thing we could do, do it right. “
For the season, Andriese is 2-3 with a 6.03 ERA in 26 appearances out of the box. Since June, he has allowed 11 points in 12 ”. Cora said the time on the injured list would allow Andriese to address some things that impacted his performance.
“He needs this,” Cora said. “I think mechanically it doesn’t help. He worked hard and just to unplug it and do it right, I think that’s the best course of action.
The sale is looking good
Chris Sale got more approvals after throwing another live batting practice on Saturday.
Sale pitched two innings of a simulated Florida game at the Red Sox Spring Training Center.
“Everything is fine, he was good,” Cora said.
The test, as was the case throughout his 16-month recovery from Tommy John surgery, is how Sale recovers on Sunday.
“Tomorrow is a great day, isn’t it?” Cora said. “He did what he did today and let’s see how he looks tomorrow. Hope all is well. And then after that, we can map it. “
Cora said the plan would be for Sale to throw two innings in his first minor-league rehab start, but the manager has not said when or where.
“It’s a lot different than just poking out there,” Cora said. “It’s not the big leagues, but it’s still a real game. He’s going to be anxious, he’s going to be excited, the whole day is going to be different.
“This is his first outing since Cleveland a few years ago. So probably two rounds, and from there we’ll see where it takes us. “
No need to complain
While Kike Hernandez didn’t hold back her feelings about the Red Sox having a shorter All-Star break than 28 other teams in the league, Cora was more diplomatic about playing just two days after the Midsummer Classic.
The league initially introduced a game on the Thursday after the All-Star Game in 2018 when the Cubs faced the Cardinals. The following year, the Astros faced the Rangers.
“That’s something the MLB decided to do in ’18 and it turns out this year it’s us and the Yankees.”
Coming out of the break, the Sox have an 18-game streak in 18 days, including a seven-game road trip through New York and Toronto. Cora didn’t see the point of complaining.
“It is what it is,” Cora said. “The fact that they moved the All-Star Game to Colorado makes it harder for the guys to do it, but it is. And we’ll make sure these guys going to Colorado, we’ll take care of them over the weekend. They’ll have a day off in New York one way or another, and now we can move on.
Cora said he had spoken to the Rays manager before Kevin cash, who will lead the American League, approximately Nate eovaldi use during play. Eovaldi will pitch Tuesday in the All-Star Game and then kick off Game 3 of the series against the Yankees. The rotation will start with Eduardo Rodriguez then go to Martin Pérez, Eovaldi, and finally Nick Pivetta.
“We will ensure [Eovaldi] rest and be ready for Saturday, ”Cora said.
More awareness needed
When asked for her opinion on a New York Times story that highlighted the scarcity of African-American players who will be making the All-Star Game, Cora gave some thoughts on an issue the league has faced for decades.
Mookie betts and Taijuan Walker are the only African-American players on the National League roster. Tim anderson is the only one in the American League.
“We’ve talked about this a lot over the past few years,” Cora said. “It’s not new and it’s something that as an industry we need to do a better job. We have to go into black communities and get these guys to play the game. ”
The Times noted that in 1986, African-American players made up 19% of the league. But this season, that figure is only 7.6 percent. Cora said the reasons go beyond a simple lack of interest in the sport, but a concerted effort to make gambling accessible.
“I think it’s just one of those things that’s more than racing, to be honest with you,” Cora said. “I think that’s more of what we can do to bring the game to them.”
Cora said baseball is trying to turn the tide.
“It’s something that I think MLB is making a conscious effort to,” Cora said. “We have a lot of guys helping out and hopefully over time we’ll get back to having more African Americans playing the game and being the players we know we can be.”
Cora remembers the drafts
With the draft set to begin Sunday night, Cora returned to her two draft experiences. He was drafted in the 12th round by the Twins in 1993 but instead decided to go to the University of Miami. Three years later, the Dodgers took him to the third round.
“Obviously I got the scholarship to go to Miami,” Cora said. “I think the boy scouts over there, they took it for granted that I was going to school because of [my brother] Joey – Joey went to Vanderbilt, so Alex is going to Miami.
Edwin Rodriguez, a Scout for the Twins at the time who went on to lead the Marlins, broke the news to Cora.
“There was no reaction, to be honest with you,” Cora said. “It was like, ‘Oh, really.’
He couldn’t pass up the chance to go to Miami, but looking back it was the right decision.
“To be honest with you, thank goodness it happened,” Cora said. “No way I’m sitting here talking to you if I haven’t gone to college.”
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