The Red Sox need pitching reinforcements, and they’re likely to get some if the team starts playing better.

Manager Alex Cora acknowledged on Tuesday that the Sox will need to add pitchers before the July 31 trade deadline, which is all-encompassing for the first time after the elimination of the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve,” he said. “That’s what the organization has done. I do feel that we’ve got to put ourselves in a situation that, yeah, if we do this we’re going to be elite again. So thinking ahead, yeah, it’s great, it’s always great because that’s what we do. But we need to get this right first and go from there.”

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said on NESN’s pregame show Tuesday that it’s not yet clear if the Red Sox will be buyers at the deadline.

“Before we make any proclamation, we need to find out how else we play from here,” he said. “And (to find out) what Steven Wright does in that regard.”

Dombrowski said it’s most important to find “somebody who can pitch with a lead late in the game.” He said the pitchers the Red Sox have are capable of doing that.

Wright, who is rehabbing from the same knee surgery that may have ended Dustin Pedroia’s career, is also serving an 80-game suspension for violating MLB’s performance enhancing drug policy.