"I think it's time to go," the injured utility infielder said Sunday. "I'm kind of anxious to get out there and play."
Cora, on the disabled list since April 16 with a sprained right elbow, continues to progress toward a three-game rehabilitation assignment this Wednesday through Friday with Triple-A Pawtucket. With the Fenway Park infield covered during morning rain, Cora threw in the outfield Sunday, making throws, he said, of 120-125 feet -- basically the equivalent of relay throws.
"It's just a matter of how I feel tomorrow," he said, noting he planned on more throwing and taking ground balls at shortstop Monday and Tuesday in Detroit before joining Pawtucket for three games.
Cora said he never expected his absence to last this long but thinks it's a good thing he didn't try to force the issue.
"My elbow hurt for a long time and it [stunk]," he said. "It was longer than expected."
"We did the right thing, not only for me but for the team," he added. "I would have kicked myself in the butt if I threw a ball away and cost us a game if I tried to be a man and go out there."
The plan is for Cora to join Pawtucket on Wednesday and then be joined by Red Sox teammate Sean Casey for games Thursday and Friday. Casey, out with a right hip injury, is eligible to come off the disabled list for Sunday night's game in Minnesota.
Mike Shalin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.