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Alex Cora confident in Nathan Eovaldi getting back to speed as a starter

Alex Cora confident in Nathan Eovaldi getting back to speed as a starter

The Boston Red Sox have some problems in their starting rotation and they were further exacerbated when Chris Sale hit the IL with left elbow inflammation. Sale, mired in a frustrating season, will be out for at least 10 days and according to Dave Dombrowski, Dr. James Andrews is going to take a look at Sale's MRI in the coming days.

In addition to Sale's injury, David Price is on the 10-day IL with a wrist injury and Andrew Cashner was shifted to the bullpen after he struggled immensely as a starter with the Red Sox. Now, the team is going to have to rely on some other members of their staff to carry the load. And one of those guys may be Nathan Eovaldi.

Before Saturday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles, Red Sox manager Alex Cora expressed confidence in Eovaldi's ability to return to the starting rotation.

"We feel he can be really quick" to get back to speed, Cora said per Matt Porter of The Boston Globe. "Obviously it would be cool to have 10 pitches, 10 strikes, three outs. We know where he’s at physically . . . he’s in a good spot."

Eovaldi had opened the season as a starter in the Red Sox' rotation, but he was sidelined for a few months by "loose bodies" in his elbow. The team brought him back to serve as a reliever but are in the process of stretching him back out given the need the team has in the rotation.

As a starter this season, Eovaldi has logged a 0-0 record and 6.00 ERA in four outings all of which came in April. He will return to the starting rotation on Sunday and will hope to build upon his recent success (2.53 ERA, 13 strikeouts in his last eight outings, 10 2/3 innings).

In addition to Eovaldi's return, Price was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. So, perhaps he will come back soon and help bolster the team's depleted rotation.

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Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Steven Wright's Red Sox career came to an end on Friday, and it'll be a while before the knuckleballer makes his return to the mound.

Shortly after being released by Boston, Wright revealed to WEEI's Rob Bradford he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow.

"I'm fully committed to rehab and making a comeback," Wright told Bradford. "I feel better than I have ever and want to get back to a position I haven't been in since 2016, which is healthy. My sole focus is to get healthy and stay focused."

Wright made only six appearances for the Red Sox in 2019 as he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in January and served an 80-game suspension. The 35-year-old also served a 15-game suspension in 2018 for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

Wright posted a 24-16 record with a 3.86 ERA in 81 total appearances during his tenure in Boston.

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Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Fifteen years ago, the Boston Red Sox pulled off the impossible vs. the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez took a trip down memory lane to relive the unforgettable moments in a nostalgia-filled video for FOX Sports. The two legends relive everything from A-Rod slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove to Curt Schilling's bloody sock.

A-Rod shared the video and wrote about his painful memories from the series on Twitter. Watch and read below:

Credit to Rodriguez for being a good sport (imagine reading that sentence 15 years ago?...)

The Yankees could find themselves ousted from another ALCS on Friday night when they take on the Astros in a do-or-die Game 5. They would have to win three straight games, including two on the road, to advance to the World Series.

The last team to do that? You guessed it. The '04 Red Sox.

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