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35 Steven Wright RP
Height/Weight: 6-1/218 | Birthdate: 8/30/1984 | Birthplace: Torrance, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 1/0
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Report: Red Sox send P Steven Wright back to Pawtucket


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:19 pm ET) The Red Sox on Sunday dispatched knuckleballer Steven Wright back to Triple-A Pawtucket one day after promoting him, multiple league sources have told the Boston Globe.

Wright did not pitch during his latest stay. He owns a 3-2 record and 4.15 ERA in 11 outings for the Red Sox this season.


Red Sox recall Steven Wright, option down Noe Ramirez


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) The Red Sox recalled pitcher Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket. 

Wright is 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA in six starts at Pawtucket. He's 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA in previous stints with the Red Sox earlier this year. 

To make room for Wright, the Sox optioned Noe Ramirez to Triple-A. Ramirez made his MLB debut and took the loss in the tenth inning of Friday's game.

“High number of innings out of the bullpen — we need a fresh arm and someone capable of going multiple innings,” manager John Farrell said, per WEEI.


Red Sox demote P Steven Wright, add C Erik Kratz to roster


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) The Red Sox have optioned knuckleballer Steven Wright to the minors and placed catcher Erik Kratz on the roster, the Boston Globe has reported.

Wright performed decently as a sometimes-starter, but pitched exclusively out of the bullpen recently. He allowed five runs in his last 3 2/3 innings to motivate the demotion.

The 35-year-old Kratz earned just four at-bats with Kansas City earlier in the year before being waived, then signed by the Red Sox.


Farrell chooses Joe Kelly over Stephen Wright for rotation spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Red Sox right-handed knuckleballer Steven Wright has been consistent and effective as a starter. Joe Kelly has been inconsistent and greatly ineffective.

No matter. John Farrell has booted the former to the bullpen and left the latter in the rotation.

Wright has pitched between 5 and 6 1/3 innings and allowed two or three runs in each of his six starts to post a 2-2 record and 4.01 ERA. Kelly has given up at least five runs in four of his 10 outings. He is 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA.

But Farrell belives Kelly has more upside and Wright is versatile enough to make the transition. "Both have pitched well enough to either remain in the rotation or earn a rotation spot," he told ESPN. "But when you set aside a couple of bumps Joe Kelly has had of late ... he's got the ability to be a dominant starter."

Among those bumps was a start against Minnesota in which he surrendered seven runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings. But Kelly rebounded in his last two opportunties by yielding only two runs in 11 innings.


Red Sox SP Steven Wright gets no-decision on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Red Sox starter Steven Wright was left with a no-decision in Thursday's series-finale against the Twins. Wright gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings. He struck out two and did not issue a walk, as the Red Sox fell 8-4.

The big blow against Wright was a three-run home run from Torii Hunter in the top of the fifth inning with the Red Sox leading 4-0. Wright then allowed an un-earned run to score in the sixth to knot the game up at four.

"Today I felt pretty good out there. I had really good knuckleballs and was able to keep it down and change speeds," Wright said, per MLB.com. "One bad pitch changed the outcome of the game for me."

Wright's ERA went up to 4.01 on the season. He has been fairly decent since moving into the rotation on May 17. He has given up three runs or fewer in all four starts this season.

He's expected to make his next start on Thursday in Baltimore. 


Red Sox's Farrell: We're not planning to stick with six-man rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) The Red Sox will return to a five-man rotation following this weekend's series against the Athletics, manager John Farrell told reporters Thursday.

“Our plan is not to [stick with six guys],” Farrell said, per WEEI.com. “We’ll get through this weekend where we need all six starters, but coming out of the off-day [Monday], it’s our intent to get back to five starters. We have the remainder of this next series to work through that.”

Farrell said Eduardo Rodriguez will slide between Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello in the rotation. It appears Wade Miley also as a spot in the rotation, so the final spot is down to Joe Kelly and Steven Wright.


Red Sox's Steven Wright drops to 2-2 with loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Red Sox starter Steven Wright lost to Texas on Friday, dropping to 2-2 on the year. 

Wright gave up three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one, struck out four and allowed two home runs. His next start is Wednesday, against Minnesota. 


Red Sox using six-man rotation to give starters rest


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Without an off-day on Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell wanted to give his starters an extra day's rest heading into the weekend. So, the team will call up prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to start Thursday's game against the Rangers, with the rest of the rotation being pushed back a day.

Steven Wright, who was originally scheduled to go on Thursday, will now pitch Friday. He will be followed by Wade Miley and Joe Kelly. Clay Buchholz will open the three-game set with the Twins at home on Monday. 

The Red Sox don't have a scheduled off-day until June 8.


Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright allows two runs in win on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright allowed two runs on four hits in  6 1/3 innings of work in Boston's 8-3 win over the Angels on Saturday.

Wright's only blemish came in the first inning when he allowed three of the first four hitters to reach safely, including back-to-back doubles by Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun, leading to two runs. Wright settled down and got out of the inning without anymore damage.

"For me, it's just another day," Wright said to WEEI.com. "If you try and put too much pressure on yourself you’re just going to disappoint and you're going to try and over do things, over work. For me, I am going to try and go in there and throw quality knuckleballs in the strike zone. They are going to put it in play, it's a contact pitch. Today we were fortunate to get balls right at some guys, guys made some good plays. I went as deep as I could."

Wright, now 2-1, lowered his ERA to 3.68 in 22 innings of work. He will look to keep things rolling Thursday against the Rangers.


Red Sox starter Steven Wright drops first start of season on Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) In his first start of the season, Red Sox starter Steven Wright (1-1) yielded three runs (two earned) in five innings and was stuck with the loss Sunday against the Mariners.

Wright served up a homer to hot-hitting Brad Miller, a solo shot in the fifth.

Wright was starting in place of injured Justin Masterson (shoulder), who's currently on the disabled list.

"I'll be ready in a couple days," Wright said to MLB.com. "I threw about 85 pitches and I'm just ready for whatever [manager John Farrell] wants me to do, whether it's another start, going to the 'pen. For me it doesn't matter. I just have to go throw good knuckleballs over the plate and just hope for the best."

Wright's next scheduled start has not been announced as of Sunday night.


Red Sox to start Steve Wright this Sunday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Red Sox right-handed pitcher Steven Wright will start for the club this Sunday's game against the Mariners, according to the Boston Herald

Wright is getting the nod with Justin Masterson going on the 15-day disabled list with general fatigue. 

Wright has 4.22 ERA in 10.2 innings pitched this year. 


Red Sox leaning toward putting Justin Masterson on DL


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team likely will place struggling starter Justin Masterson on the disabled list due to general fatigue, ruling out the pitcher's start Sunday, per NESN.

Masterson was hit hard Tuesday, giving up six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Athletics, after which Farrell said that "clearly he's not right." Masterson has allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts. He said he was "not real happy" about the decision to go on the DL, but that he realized his last two outings were not up to par. 

While Farrell didn't indicate who would start Sunday, signs point to Steven Wright getting the nod. 


Red Sox promote Steven Wright, send down Robbie Ross


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Red Sox called up RHP Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket, the team announced on Sunday. Wright will be active for Sunday's game. Wright has appeared in one game for the Red Sox this season, earning a win in relief. 

Wright replaces LHP Robbie Ross, who was optioned to Pawtucket. Ross had a 6.17 ERA in 13 relief appearances this year. 


Red Sox call up OF Jackie Bradley, option pitcher Steven Wright


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Red Sox have called up outfielder Jackie Bradley from the minors and optioned pitcher Steven Wright back to Triple-A, according to the Boston Globe.

“We needed to add another position player,” manager John Farrell said, per WEEI.com. “Mike Napoli is still day to day and with last night’s outing of Joe Kelly and where we came through last night, felt like our bullpen was caught up enough to go back to 12 pitchers. Jackie will be in a reserve role coming off the bench.”

Bradley started the season with Triple-A Pawtucket and is hitting .315 with seven doubles and six RBI in 73 at-bats. Wright was called up Tuesday by Boston as an emergency option if the bullpen needed extra help. He threw five innings this season with a 3.60 ERA and three walks.


Red Sox recall Steven Wright, option Heath Hembree


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Red Sox recalled pitcher Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket Monday and optioned pitcher Heath Hembree to the same team.

"Steven being here in the event something unforeseen takes place we have someone to protect us with length," manager John Farrell said, per WEEI.com. "We needed to go to the bullpen early yesterday, but that’s where we are today."

Wright made one appearance for the Red Sox earlier this season, allowing two runs while pitching five innings in relief. He has also allowed 13 runs (eight earned) in 11 innings over two starts with Pawtucket this month.

"It's been up and down the last couple of years and I know that that's my role so if they need innings then I get an opportunity to come up here and pitch some innings," Wright said. "And then if they need a starter, I'm ready. For me, it's just knowing that I'm going to come up here just to pitch. I'm not going to have a set role, just whenever they need me I'm going to be ready to go."

Hembree was rocked in his season debut Sunday, allowing six earned runs on six hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings of relief while striking out three.


Red Sox activate Saturday starter Joe Kelly, option Steven Wright


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) The Red Sox have activated pitcher Joe Kelly from the 15-day disabled list, optioning pitcher Steven Wright in a corresponding move.

Kelly opened the season on the disabled list due to a biceps injury but is ready to take the mound for Saturday's start against the Yankees. Wright picked up a win Friday after pitching five innings in relief in his team's 19-inning victory.


Red Sox's Steven Wright pitches five innings in marathon win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Red Sox relief pitcher Steven Wright pitched five innings of relief and picked up the win in Friday's 19-inning marathon win over the Yankees. He allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one in a 6-5 victory. Wright opens the season with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.

Earlier in the week, manager John Farrell wasn't sure whether he would start Joe Kelly or Wright Saturday in New York. By Thursday, Kelly was cleared to start on Saturday, making Wright an option out of the bullpen. On Friday, Wright was the last man in the bullpen.

"It fell kind of into our lap," manager John Farrell said.


Red Sox's Kelly on track to start Saturday after Farrell changes plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly (biceps) is now expected to start Saturday against the Yankees after originally being scratched in favor of Steven Wright, manager John Farrell said Thursday. Farrell said he switched his mind after watching Kelly throw in the bullpen Wednesday.

However, Farrell added Kelly will probably be on a fairly low pitch count since he didn't throw more than 78 pitches during spring training. Farrell said Kelly probably won't throw more than a few pitches over that number.


Wright to start Saturday for Red Sox; Kelly, Uehara pitching in minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly will not come off the disabled list to start Saturday against the Yankees, as it was announced Wednesday that Steven Wright will take the hill for Boston.

Kelly (biceps) will instead begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Class A Greenville, while closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) will also begin a rehab assignment with Greenville on Saturday.


Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright likely to start Saturday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) With the Red Sox hoping to have pitcher Joe Kelly make another start in the minor leagues before returning, the team will likely turn to pitcher Steven Wright to start Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium, reports CSNNE.com.

"It's still a possibility [that Kelly pitches Saturday]," manager John Farrell said. "But ideally, we'd like to see him get to 95 [pitches] as we've taken every starter up to."

Wright threw 95 pitches over six innings in a minor-league game Monday.


Ross, Breslow, Layne, Wright make Red Sox's Opening Day roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Red Sox pitchers Robbie Ross, Craig Breslow, Tommy Layne and Steven Wright all made the Opening Day roster

Ross, Breslow and Layne will definitely pitch out of the bullpen, but Wright might be needed for the rotation, if Joe Kelly (biceps) can't start April 11 against the Yankees.

If Wright was optioned to the minors, he wouldn't be able to be recalled for that start. Unless a roster spot opens due to injury, a player must spend 10 days in the minors following a demotion.


Red Sox SP Steven Wright struggles in spring finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 9-7 loss to the Blue Jays.

"I feel like every outing I've gone out there, the knuckleball has gotten better," Wright said after the outing, per MLB.com. "Today it was moving a lot more than it has in the past, which is a good problem to have. I feel like I was around the zone. I didn't get as many called strikes as I'd like, but it's something to build off, and if I can continue to keep the same movement and the same intensity on the knuckleball, I'll be able to get it in the zone."

Wright came into Wednesday's start with just two earned runs allowed in 13 2/3 innings though he had also surrendered six unearned runs. He ends the spring with a 2.60 ERA and 13:11 K:BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings. Wright seems on tap to serve as rotation depth this season but could get a spot start early with Joe Kelly still building up his pitch count.

"Coming into camp, I wanted to show that I could stay healthy from where I was last year at this point, but I know that's my role. If I make the team, that's my role -- spot start, long relief," Wright said. "That's one thing that, coming into camp, I wanted to be prepared for -- either/or. If it happens, great, but either way I wanted to make sure I can go out there and throw quality strikes in the zone."


Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright ready to fill in any role given


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has no defined role yet on Boston's pitching staff. But it's not slowing down the knuckleballer from pitching well this spring. Wright was slotted into the starting role Sunday after Joe Kelly was scratched with a biceps injury.

Wright went four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and adding two strikeouts.

"He continues to get outs," said manager John Farrell. "There was a little bit of a stretch where he lost his release point for about seven or eight pitches, but I thought he threw a number of real quality knuckleballs today. And it's not hard to envision him pitching quality innings for us at some point this year."

Farrell said Wright will continue to be utilized as a starter for the time being, but his role can change.

"My goal is just to go out there and throw strikes," said Wright. "As far as starting, relieving, honestly it doesn't matter to me. My goal is to be ready whenever they call. If it's a start, I'm ready. If it's out of the 'pen, I'm ready. For me, I just try to make sure every day I come to the park, I come ready to pitch."


Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright providing depth to starting rotation


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright may be a fill in starter for the club when the season begins. After Joe Kelly left a game with biceps tightness, Wright filled in with three scoreless innings. Manager John Farrell thinks he will help ease the pressure of having enough depth, reports MLB.com.

"Steven Wright is a guy that in my mind gives us a lot of comfort," Farrell said before Monday's game. "As that knuckleball has come along, he's thrown a lot more strikes. He's got the ability to give a contrast of styles. So we feel like the depth starters that project to be in Pawtucket give us is what we're looking for."

Wright feels he's in a lot better position than he was a year ago.

"It's good, especially compared to where I was last year at this point," Wright said. "I was just trying to get healthy. So for me, I just come in and basically do what I know I can do, which is try to throw quality knuckleballs over the plate, and then whatever the team needs me to do, I'm more than happy to do it. I need to stay healthy."


Steven Wright named Friday starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will start the opener of the final series of the season Friday when the Yankees come to town, WEEI.com reports.

Wright was likely to earn the nod after the team shuffled the rotation Sunday, but the Red Sox made it official Tuesday. He owns a 3.38 ERA and 18:2 K:BB ratio in 16 innings over five relief outings.