In this week's episode of "The Baseball Show" podcast, CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam sat down with former Red Sox GM and current Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles Dan Duquette to discuss an array of topics, including the highly comptetive American League East. Duquette also reflects back on how he feels about the 2004 World Series Championship for the Red Sox, a team he had a large part in building during his tenure as General Manager. Duquette was replaced by Theo Epstein following the 2003 season, but many of the players remained to serve giant roles on the 2004 team. The Western Mass. native also talks about being one of the early adopters of the analytics movement that is so prevalent in today's game.
Also during this podcast, CSN reporter Trenni Kusnierek joins McAdam to talk about the upcoming MLB Draft, and whether Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox should look long and hard at drafting a college pitcher with the minor league system lacking in arms that are ready to contribute in the rotation or bullpen.
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.”