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Steven Wright to have season-ending knee surgery

Steven Wright to have season-ending knee surgery

Wednesday’s meeting with the Red Sox produced the expected outcome for Steven Wright, a decision to go for season-ending surgery on his left knee. 

The operation is being referred to as a cartilage restoration. Wright is expected to be ready for the start of spring training 2018. 

“There are those floating pieces and they go in there and take those out and you're on a time period,” Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. “He actually has what's called a chondral defect, which is a hole there in the cartilage, much more sophisticated than my knowledge. 

“They need to try to fix that, and it's a big sized one. So that's what they will do on Monday."

Dr. Riley Williams of Hospital for Special Surgery is to perform the operation.

Dombrowski didn't indicate a worry about the team's pitching depth, perhaps because David Price is making encouraging progress.

The decision to go for surgery took three doctors visits and a lot of deliberation, Wright said.

Last summer, Chris Sale talked about how great it would be if Wright started the All-Star Game. Wright went to the game, but didn’t pitch. Then his shoulder was hurt pinch-running, and it took a while to heal. 

Then came a knee injury in spring training, and everything has gone downhill since last summer. But he's always advocated a positive attitude.

“I was playing catch and I kind of twisted on my knee a little too much,” Wright said. “My foot, I remember it like it was yesterday, my foot got stuck in the grass playing catch and I kind of twisted it a little bit and felt a little pop. But it really didn’t hurt right away, so over a couple days I ended up getting an MRI, and that’s when I discovered a tear.

“I haven’t been throwing well but then I have a good game against Chicago, and I felt like I was a lot stronger on my front side. But then the next day I got treatment like I normally do, I go out and play catch and then I do a second round of treatment.

"On my second round of treatment, I couldn't walk. I couldn't get off the table. I was using crutches. It got to the point where with the doctors, I came in the next day, same thing. It still wasn't doing good and that’s when we opted to get the MRI and that’s when we found out the tears got significantly bigger.”

Wright could have had arthroscopic surgery, which would have potentially allowed him to come back this season, but wouldn’t have thoroughly addressed the problem.

“I wasn’t performing the way I know I could go out there, that I have in years past,” Wright said. “And I felt I didn’t want to have that in the back of my mind saying, ‘OK, when is it going to go? If and when is it going to get to the point where I can’t bear it and have to do the surgery?’ 

“This surgery I’m going to get works and has a high success rate. Even though it’s a lengthy rehab, it was more of just getting it fixed because of the size of the year. It sucks. It was a hard decision giving me three or four days, three doctors, a lot of questions to come up with this decision. But I feel at peace once I get it done, and I come back, I have no reason why I shouldn’t be ready for next season.”

Wright, 32, finishes his season with an 8.25 ERA in 5 starts. He went 1-3.

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.