Boston Red Sox Pitcher Steven Wright To Have Season Ending Surgery
Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright season is over after opting for surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee.
Veteran right-hander Kyle Kendrick has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Wright’s spot in the rotation. Kendrick will start against the Baltimore Orioles tonight.
This news was first reported by Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports a couple of days ago but was confirmed today by the team and beat reporters that are in the locker room every day. Kudos to Carrabis for once again showing that you do not need to be in the clubhouse every day to cover a team.
Hearing that Steven Wright will need knee surgery as early as next week. Could put him out for six months.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) May 2, 2017
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 4, 2017
Wright joins a list of injured Red Sox pitchers that involve David Price (Rotation), Tyler Thornburg (bullpen), and Carson Smith (bullpen). Despite Wrights poor start the real concern is the depth now in the rotation as it is early May and the teams starting rotation already is missing two guys. With injury concerns with Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz paired with the lack of a real timeline for Price the Red Sox might have to trade for a starter if another pitcher goes down.
If they end up doing that it will be so so bad. Hopefully Kendrick is able to have success for them like he had in Spring Training, but so far for AAA-Pawtucket he has struggled with a 6.00 ERA in 27 innings pitched. If he fails other pitchers who could get the call in the future are Brian Johnson (1 MLB start this season, 2.28 ERA in 23 2/3 innings in AAA), Henry Owens (1.35 ERA in 26 2/3 innings in AAA), or Hector Velasquez (1.72 ERA in 15 2/3 innings in AAA).