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Alex Cora Explains How Red Sox Will Use Newly Acquired Travis Shaw, and If He’ll Be On Major-League Roster

The Red Sox acquired former Sox Travis Shaw today, claiming him off of waivers from the Brewers.

“We’re gonna use him the right way,” explained Cora. “I think he gives us more weapons to maneuver for nine innings. We can pinch-hit, we can platoon, we can do a lot of things with him and I’m looking forward to seeing him.”

The lefty bat was drafted in the ninth round of the 2011 draft by the Sox, and after two strong seasons with Boston in 2015 and ’16, the left-handed bat was dealt to Milwaukee. The versatile infielder, who can play every position in the infield except for shortstop, in his two seasons, slashed .251/.312/.442 with the Sox, hitting 29 homers and recording 107 RBIs through 120 total games with the team.

But he’s hit just .191/.279/.337 with six homers through 56 games before getting injured this season, mustering a career-worst 68 wRC+.

“I don’t know. I haven’t talked to (GM) Chaim (Bloom) about it,” said Cora when asked if he is going to be on the team. “Somebody mentioned that he’s here. I don’t know what the plan is, but I bet there’s a good chance he’ll be with us on Tuesday.”

Boston has a day off Monday, but take on the Yankees for a midweek three-game split, with Tuesday being a seven-inning doubleheader.

Cora also mentioned that he has a special connection with Shaw.

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