Boston Red Sox adding Travis Shaw makes manager Alex Cora ‘finally feel old’


BOSTON — The Red Sox claimed Travis Shaw off outright waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Shaw was added to the 40-man roster and is expected to be placed on the active roster before Tuesday’s doubleheader in New York vs. the Yankees.

“I finally feel old,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora admitted after Boston’s 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. “I played with his dad. So saw Travis running around in the clubhouse in LA (as a kid).”

Shaw’s dad Jeff Shaw pitched in the majors from 1990-2001 for five different clubs and recorded 203 career saves. He pitched the final four years of his career with the Dodgers — when Travis was 8-11.

“One point throughout this I was like, ‘Hopefully it doesn’t happen that I have to manage a teammate’s kid.’ It happened,” Cora said. “So when I found out, I was like, ‘Wow.’ You feel old. But he’s a good kid. He’s a good guy. We’re going to use him the right way. I think it gives us more weapons to maneuver over nine innings. We can pinch hit. We can platoon. We can do a lot of things with him and looking forward to seeing him and start working with him.”

Shaw — who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2011 and played for Boston in 2015 and ‘16 — batted just .191 with a .279 on-base percentage, .337 slugging percentage, .616 OPS, six home runs, eight doubles, 28 RBIs and 14 runs in 56 games (178 at-bats) for the Brewers this year.

He has the ability to play first, second and third. The left-handed hitter is an option to platoon at first base with right-handed hitting Bobby Dalbec.

He is 28-for-139 (.201) with five homers and six doubles against right-handed pitchers this year.

“He’s been here before and it gives us a quality at-bat from the left side,” Cora said. “I don’t know about the numbers. I know the kid.”

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