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Red Sox’s Josh Taylor Questionable For April 7th Opening Day vs. Yankees; ‘He Has Some Catching Up to Do,’ Alex Cora Says

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There’s a chance Boston Red Sox left-handed reliever Josh Taylor won’t be ready for Opening Day, which is April 7 vs. the New York Yankees.

“The only guy that is behind pitching-wise is JT,” manager Alex Cora said. “He has a back issue, so he fell behind. Not sure how it works out for us for the start of the season — but he’s one guy that’s behind in his progression.”

Taylor, who hasn’t thrown off the mound yet in Spring Training, had a back injury back in September, though he did make it back in time to pitch in the postseason. The 29-year-old in Taylor pitched a 3.40 ERA and a 2.83 FIP for Boston last season.

“I don’t want to say it’s doubtful, but he has some catching up to do,” Cora said when asked if he’ll be ready for Opening Day.

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