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Alex Cora: 'We've got to keep going' after Chris Sale's injury

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Alex Cora: 'We've got to keep going' after Chris Sale's injury

The Boston Red Sox won on the field Saturday night, as they defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-0. However, they lost off the field, as Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day IL with left elbow inflammation. Dr. James Andrews is going to be looking at Sale's MRI in the coming days and Sale could meet with the noted orthopedic surgeon. So, this injury could keep him out long term.

After the Red Sox win, manager Alex Cora opened up about Sale's injury and said that the Red Sox have "got to keep going" even with their ace sidelined.

"We've got to keep going," Cora said on NESN's postgame coverage. "That's the way it is. We'll find out more during the upcoming days. But as of now, somebody has to step up. That's the way it works in this business. And we know it."

Right now, it's unclear exactly how the Red Sox will replace Sale. They have already been operating without David Price, but he could return to the squad soon.

Meanwhile, it appears that Cora is ready to reintroduce Nathan Eovaldi to the starting rotation. Eovaldi began the year as a starter before missing a few months with an injury. After a month in the bullpen, he will finally make his return to the rotation. And Cora is confident that Eovaldi will fare well in that role.

We'll soon see how Sale's injury impacts the Red Sox. But with the team sitting 6.5 games back in the Wild Card race, it will be crucial for them to a find a way to stay afloat with a makeshift rotation if they want to make it back to the postseason.

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Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez has been "throwing like an ace" all season

Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez has been "throwing like an ace" all season

After another superb outing against the Phillies Saturday night, Eduardo Rodriguez earned high praise from his manager Alex Cora. 

"He’s throwing like an ace," Cora said on NESN postgame. "We’re very happy with the progress. The fact that it’s Sept. 14, 15, and he’s as strong as early in the season. That’s good to see.”

Rodriguez didn't secure his 18th win of the year thanks to a seventh-inning walk with the bases loaded, but that doesn't take away from a 12-strikeout performance.

Rodriguez now has a 3.64 ERA in over 185 innings pitched. The Sox need Rodriguez to come into his own if they hope to stay in contention long term, and he continues to show progress toward reaching his potential. 

Rodriguez still has a chance to get to 20 wins, but he'll have to win each of the three starts he has left in 2019. 

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 2, Phillies 1

IN BRIEF: Neither the Red Sox or Phillies could produce with runners in scoring position Saturday night, but a pinch-hitting Andrew Benintendi was able to drive in the winning run for Boston in this one. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 77-70

HIGHLIGHTS

7th inning

Christian Vazquez doubled to left, Devers scored (1-0 BOS)

Maikel Franco walked, Harper scored (1-1)

9th inning

Andrew Benintendi hit a SAC fly to left, Owings scored (2-1 BOS)

UP NEXT:
@Phillies, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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