The Red Sox have placed knuckleballer Steven Wright on the 10-day disabled list with a knee injury and recalled Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Workman, 28, hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2014 after having Tommy John surgery in June of 2015.
Wright is currently 1-3 with an 8.25 ERA in five starts for the Red Sox this season. He was the losing pitcher in Saturday’s 7-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
"It was [Sunday] that he felt it more than anything," manager John Farrell told reporters on Monday. "He didn't feel it during his outing against the Cubs. This is somewhat of an ailment in the knee he's been feeling on and off since Spring Training, but to the extent of this, this really crept up [Sunday].”
The Red Sox will need to call up a starting pitcher before Thursday’s game against the Orioles to fill Wright’s spot in the rotation.
Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.
Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.
Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.
Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.
The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.
Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.
"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."
Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.
“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”