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Steven Wright | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/30/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 222
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Hawaii
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Steven Wright allowed a run on five hits over seven innings but took the loss Saturday against the Mariners.
Wright scattered five hits and walked two, with only a Nelson Cruz RBI single in the third inning doing any damage, but one of the league's best offenses couldn't get anything going against M's starter Wade LeBlanc and the Seattle bullpen. Wright and his knuckleball have been unbelievable this year, posting a microscopic 1.23 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 29 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. The knuckler is such a feel pitch that it's worth taking notice when it's going like Wright's is, and he's worth continuing to start Friday when these two clubs meet up in Boston. Jun 16 - 10:44 PM

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Steven Wright tossed 6 2/3 scoreless frames Monday in a no-decision against the Orioles.

Boston won this one 2-0 in 12 innings. Wright was again effective, scattering four hits and three walks while striking out five Orioles hitters. The veteran knuckleballer boasts a 1.21 ERA in 29 2/3 innings (two starts, six relief appearances) this season and would appear to be locked into a rotation spot for the foreseeable future. He should be owned in all mixed fantasy leagues.
Jun 11 - 11:00 PM

Making his first start for the Red Sox this season, Steven Wright went seven scoreless innings and allowed only two hits in a 6-0 win over the Tigers.

The knuckleballer issued three walks, but he struck out six and needed 96 pitches to blank the Tigers over seven impressive frames. Wright had been unscored upon over his last nine relief innings, as well. With Drew Pomeranz (biceps) landing on the disabled list Tuesday, Wright will remain in the rotation and has a shot to run away with a job given Pomeranz’s struggles. The knuckleballer gets the White Sox at home on Sunday in an inviting streaming matchup.
Jun 5 - 10:23 PM

Steven Wright is scheduled to make a spot start for the Red Sox on Tuesday against the Tigers.

That, combined with Monday's scheduled off-day, will afford the rest of the Red Sox' starters an extra two days of rest. Wright has pitched well out of the bullpen this season, posting a 2.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio over 16 innings. If he pitches well on Tuesday, the knuckleballer could become a candidate to supplant the struggling Drew Pomeranz from the Red Sox' rotation.
Jun 3 - 5:39 PM

Steven Wright allowed one hit in two scoreless innings Monday against the Blue Jays.

Wright has tossed six scoreless innings over his last three appearances. He's thrown 60 pitches over the last three days and could soon be an option to move back to the starting rotation.
May 28 - 4:18 PM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Thursday that "at this point it seems like" Steven Wright will rejoin the team as a reliever.

Wright will throw an inning in relief for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday and will then be ready to return from his 15-game domestice violence suspension. The knuckleballer can always be stretched back out if needed, but for now the Red Sox have better options for their rotation.
May 11 - 1:18 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Steven Wright from the 10-day disabled list; placed him on the restricted list.

Wright is done rehabbing his surgically-repaired left knee but will now begin serving his 15-game domestic violence suspension. The knuckleballer currently looks pegged for a long relief role once his suspension is up.
Apr 29 - 8:36 AM

Steven Wright (knee) is scheduled to resume his rehab assignment Wednesday.

Wright made an early exit from his most recent rehab start last Friday at Triple-A Pawtucket because of back spasms, but he threw a side session Monday and reported feeling good on Tuesday. The veteran knuckleballer is recovering from left knee surgery and will have to serve a 15-game domestic violence suspension whenever he's activated from the disabled list.
Apr 24 - 5:26 PM

Steven Wright (knee) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Wright hasn't pitched since undergoing surgery on his left knee last year. He'll likely need two-to-three rehab starts before he's ready to join the Boston pitching staff. Once activated, he'll have to serve a 15-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.
Apr 18 - 8:39 PM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that Steven Wright (knee) is nearing a minor league rehab assignment.

Wright was placed on the disabled list just before Opening Day with lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired left knee. The veteran knuckleballer probably won't be an option for the Red Sox until sometime in early May, assuming he needs at least two or three minor league rehab outings.
Apr 17 - 9:09 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Steven Wright on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

Wright is still having issues after undergoing surgery last summer to restore cartilage in his left knee. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the knee on Monday, which the Red Sox hope will get him on track. Wright still faces a 15-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, but he can't serve it until he's healthy and on the active roster.
Mar 26 - 3:24 PM

Steven Wright has been suspended 15 games for violating the domestic violence policy.

The suspension has to occur when Wright is healthy, so if he has to open the season on the disabled list for his knee injury, it won't count as time accrued. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call at his home in Tennessee in December. He was released on $2,500 bail. It matches the lowest suspension for the policy, as Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was also suspended for 15 games last March.
Mar 23 - 4:26 PM

Steven Wright (knee) worked four innings in a minor league game on Thursday in Red Sox camp.

Wright surrendered four earned runs on six hits and four walks, striking out just one batter. The veteran knuckleballer underwent surgery last summer to restore cartilage in his left knee, after posting a brutal 8.25 ERA in five starts with the Red Sox. He should not be a consideration in standard fantasy leagues leading into 2018, even if he finds his way into Boston's starting rotation.
Mar 22 - 2:09 PM

Steven Wright (knee) threw another live batting practice session Saturday and felt good enough that he hopes to avoid starting the year on the disabled list.

"If I keep progressing the way I have been, there's definitely a good chance that I'm going to be able to break with the team," Wright said after the three-inning session. That came after he threw two innings of live BP Wednesday and came out of it feeling good. Neither Wright nor the Sox are ruling out the idea that he breaks camp with the club. The next step is pitching in a minor league game which, while on the horizon, hasn't been determined yet. With starters Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez also dealing with injuries, Wright could even find himself in the rotation to start the year if he proves healthy.
Mar 17 - 6:14 PM

Steven Wright (knee) is tentatively scheduled to throw three innings of live batting practice on Saturday.

Wright tossed two innings of live BP on Wednesday and apparently felt good. The veteran knuckleballer required surgery last summer to restore cartilage in his left knee and is expected to open the 2018 season on the disabled list, but he could be ready around the middle of April. Wright, 33, had an 8.25 ERA in five starts last season with Boston.
Mar 15 - 10:22 AM

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