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Red Sox reinstate Steven Wright after 80-game suspension

Red Sox reinstate Steven Wright after 80-game suspension

On Tuesday afternoon, the Red Sox announced that they have reinstated pitcher Steven Wright from the restricted list. 

The Red Sox desperately need help in the bullpen, as Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman and Ryan Brasier have all pitched significant innings. Wright appears ready for big league action, as he went 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five rehab appearances in Triple-A Pawtucket. In 2018, Wright recorded a 2.68 ERA in 20 appearances, which included a 24.2 scoreless inning streak.

Wright was suspended for 15 games last year for violating the league's domestic violence policy, and later suspended for 80 games for testing positive for human growth hormone. The knuckleballer recently said he was nervous to return to the Sox. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said Wright could be a "big addition."

To make room for Wright, Boston optioned reliever Josh Smith to Pawtucket and put starter Nathan Eovaldi on the 60-day injured list. Since Eovaldi (elbow) has already been out for two months, that move is strictly procedural and the Red Sox can bring him back whenever he's healthy. 

As a team, the Red Sox have a 4.52 ERA, 17th in the majors, and have blown the third-most saves (15). 

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Brock Holt takes his role of "utility man" to the max in Red Sox win over Orioles

Brock Holt takes his role of "utility man" to the max in Red Sox win over Orioles

Brock Holt has been the Red Sox utility man for a long time, but not quite to the extent that he was during Saturday's win over the Orioles. 

According to Justin Long and Elias Sports, Holt became the first Red Sox player to play second base, first base and shortstop in the same game. 

Holt started the game at second but moved to first base after Michael Chavis exited the game with back spasms in the fifth. Then, when the game was out of hand and Xander Bogaerts was subbed out of the game for Sam Travis, Holt moved over to shortstop so Travis could play first. 

Holt is used to playing about every position on the field and probably has more gloves than we could ever imagine. Every great team needs someone who can fill in for injured players like Holt, but once the team is at full strength he'll get to go back to his natural position at second base. Of course, it's likely he could split time with Chavis if and when Mitch Moreland makes his way back from injury. 

The eight-year veteran has battled with injuries of his own this season, only appearing in 40 games for the Red Sox. However, he's been productive when available, posting a .344/.390/.451 slash line in 122 at-bats. 

If the Red Sox are going to turn into the team they're capable of being, getting a steady diet of Brock Holt should go a long way towards them developing some consistency. 

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Michael Chavis leaves game with back spasms, ruled day-to-day

Michael Chavis leaves game with back spasms, ruled day-to-day

Michael Chavis exited the Red Sox' game against the Orioles in the fifth inning Saturday night with back spasms. He will not return and has been ruled day-to-day by the team. 

Chavis was replaced by Brock Holt, who moved over some second base as Marco Hernandez filled in at second base. 

The Red Sox probably hope Chavis doesn't miss extended time while they wait for Mitch Moreland to make his return from injury as well. Chavis leads all AL rookies in RBI and has been a much-needed source of offensive production in an inconsistent Red Sox lineup. 

As MassLive's Chris Cotillo notes, the Red Sox were most likely be cautious with their rookie infielder given the high temperatures in Baltimore this weekend. 

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