NEW YORK (AP) -Reserve infielder Alex Cora was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday by the Boston Red Sox because of a sprained right elbow.
Cora's elbow has bothered him for a week, and the move was made retroactive to last Thursday. He was due to have an MRI exam later Wednesday.
``Cora is a little sore. I don't know how serious it is,'' manager Terry Francona said before the Red Sox opened a two-game series at the New York Yankees.
Boston purchased the contract of infielder Joe Thurston from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the roster spot. He signed as a minor league free agent in December and batted .351 with one homer and three RBIs during spring training.
Thurston has played 55 major league games with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-04) and Philadelphia (2006), batting .259 with two RBIs. He was hitting .255 with two RBIs in 12 games at Pawtucket.
``There is an opportunity here for him,'' Francona said. ``He worked hard to make himself valuable at every position, and so we have a role for him now.''
Francona elected not to bring up a pitcher because neither Jonathan Papelbon nor Mike Timlin pitched in Tuesday's 5-3 win at Cleveland.
``The way we worked through last night leaves us in pretty good shape for this series,'' Francona said. ``We could have pitched Timlin yesterday but we didn't want to. We could have used Pap, but we didn't want to and, as it turned out, we didn't have to. So that made the decision a little easier.''
Cora joined third baseman Mike Lowell (sprained left thumb) on the disabled list. Rookie infielder Jed Lowrie was brought up from Pawtucket to take Lowell's roster spot.

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