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Steven Wright | Starting 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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Red Sox and RHP Steven Wright avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.
The 33-year-old knuckleballer was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. He started just five games for the Red Sox last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury in May. He registered an 8.25 ERA with a paltry 13 strikeouts in 24 innings. He pitched quite well in 2016, going 13-6 with a fine 3.33 ERA in 24 starts. Wright is currently expected to open the season as the Red Sox' fifth starter but could face discipline from the league after being arrested for domestic assault in December. Jan 5 - 8:24 PM

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The Boston Herald reports that the domestic assault case against Steven Wright has been retired for one year.

Wright was arrested earlier this month and charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call following an incident with his wife. While this would seem to let him off the hook criminally, assuming he has no additional arrests in the next year, a punishment from MLB is likely forthcoming.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 05:01:00 PM

Red Sox' right-hander Steven Wright was arrested Friday on charges of domestic assault.

Wright was released from jail on Saturday. The knuckleballer was limited to just five starts in 2017 before undergoing left knee surgery in May. He had been expected to open the season as the club's fifth starter, though it's unclear if he'll face any disciplinary action.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 10:45:00 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Steven Wright from the 60-day disabled list.

Wright was limited to five starts (24 innings) this season due to knee problems. The knuckleballer is hoping to be ready for the beginning of spring training next February, but how he fits in Boston's plans for 2018 is unclear at this moment.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 11:25:00 AM

Red Sox transferred RHP Steven Wright (knee) from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The Red Sox needed to clear a spot for tonight's starting pitcher, Hector Velazquez, on the 40-man roster. Wright underwent season-ending knee surgery earlier this month. He got beat up this year, turning in a miserable 8.25 ERA over five starts. The knuckleballer hasn't looked the same since injuring himself in a pinch-running appearance last summer.
Thu, May 18, 2017 06:43:00 PM

Steven Wright will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Wright has been bothered by knee discomfort since spring training and a cartilage restoration procedure was the recommendation after his visit with multiple specialists this week. The veteran knuckleballer allowed 22 earned runs in 24 innings (five starts) this season for Boston.
Thu, May 4, 2017 03:48:00 PM

Steven Wright (knee) is meeting with the Red Sox on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of surgery.

Wright was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left knee on Monday -- he has been dealing with knee issues on-and-off since spring training. He visited with a knee specialist on Tuesday and is now weighing his options with the team. Should the knuckleballer decide to undergo a surgical procedure, it would likely cost him the remainder of the 2017 season.
Wed, May 3, 2017 05:11:00 PM

Steven Wright was sent to New York to visit a knee specialist.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that it's too early to tell whether the veteran knuckleballer will need surgery on his left knee, but this situation does seem headed that way. Wright was placed on the disabled list Monday and we might not see him again for a while.
Tue, May 2, 2017 04:42:00 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Steven Wright on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 30, with a sprained left knee.

Wright has apparently had issues with the knee off and on since spring training. It's unclear how long he might be sidelined. The Red Sox also haven't revealed who will replace Wright in the rotation, but Henry Owens, Brian Johnson and Kyle Kendrick would all seem to be candidates.
Mon, May 1, 2017 10:48:00 PM

Steven Wright allowed five runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Wright gave up a pair of homers in the loss, running his total to nine dingers allowed in five starts this year. It was the fourth time in five starts that he's allowed at least four runs. The knuckleballer is now 1-3 with an 8.25 ERA and 1.88 WHIP overall. His life doesn't get any easier Thursday when the Red Sox square off with the Orioles.
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 10:29:00 PM

Steven Wright hit the skids on Saturday, allowing nine hits and four runs over 3 2/3 innings in the Red Sox's loss to the Orioles.

He didn't walk a batter and also didn't strike any out. Amazingly, this was actually an improvement from Wright's previous outing against the Orioles when he gave up eight runs in only 1 1/3 innings on April 12. The knuckleballer has yielded seven home runs on the year including six versus Baltimore. It won't get any easier for Wright Friday when he faces the Cubs at Fenway.
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 10:44:00 PM

Steven Wright allowed three runs (one earned) over six-plus innings as the Red Sox beat the Rays 4-3 on Patriots' Day in Boston.

Wright was much better after a shaky first inning. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff single to Tim Beckham in the top of the seventh inning and Ben Taylor eventually allowed the inherited runner to come in to score. Still, this outing was a step in the right direction for Wright. The knuckleballer struck out four and walked just one for his first victory of the season. He’ll try to chip away at his 8.36 ERA this weekend against the Orioles on the road.
Mon, Apr 17, 2017 02:19:00 PM

Following his obliteration at the hands of the Orioles on Wednesday, Steven Wright said that he feels fine physically.

Wright was destroyed for eight runs in just 1 1/3 innings during Wednesday's 12-5 loss. Chalk it up to the knuckleball failing to flutter. It sounds like he should be fine to make his next start, assuming the Red Sox do not push him back a day or two to allow him time to lick his wounds.
Wed, Apr 12, 2017 11:42:00 PM

Steven Wright was blasted for eight runs in 1 1/3 innings by the Orioles on Wednesday.

Wright gave up 12 homers in 24 starts last year. Today, he gave up four while getting just four outs, bringing his season total to five surrendered in eight innings. He should get the knuckleball working and have mixed league value at times this year, but he can't be used right now.
Wed, Apr 12, 2017 11:24:00 PM

Steven Wright was charged with four runs over 6 2/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Tigers.

It could have been worse considering that Wright surrendered seven hits, walked three, hit a batter and served up a home run. The knuckleballer was able to avoid a loss when the Red Sox' offense rallied, but Boston still eventually fell. Wright will hope for better results next week against the Orioles.
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 06:12:00 PM

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5Dan Butler
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Sam Travis
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Eduardo Nunez
3Brock Holt
4Esteban Quiroz
SS1Xander Bogaerts
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3B1Rafael Devers
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LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
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S1Chris Sale
2David Price
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4Drew Pomeranz
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6Steven Wright
7Brian Johnson
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9Hector Velazquez
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R1Craig Kimbrel
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4Tyler Thornburg
5Joe Kelly
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