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Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Steven Wright's Red Sox career came to an end on Friday, and it'll be a while before the knuckleballer makes his return to the mound.

Shortly after being released by Boston, Wright revealed to WEEI's Rob Bradford he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow.

"I'm fully committed to rehab and making a comeback," Wright told Bradford. "I feel better than I have ever and want to get back to a position I haven't been in since 2016, which is healthy. My sole focus is to get healthy and stay focused."

Wright made only six appearances for the Red Sox in 2019 as he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in January and served an 80-game suspension. The 35-year-old also served a 15-game suspension in 2018 for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

Wright posted a 24-16 record with a 3.86 ERA in 81 total appearances during his tenure in Boston.

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Boston Red Sox release pitcher Steven Wright ahead of MLB free agency

Boston Red Sox release pitcher Steven Wright ahead of MLB free agency

Steven Wright's career with the Boston Red Sox is over.

The right-handed pitcher was released Friday, the team announced.

Wright made his Major League debut with the Red Sox in 2013 and served in a few different roles for the club, primarily as a starting pitcher. The 35-year-old veteran was an American League All-Star in 2016, and he finished that season with a 13-6 record and a 3.33 ERA. 

Injuries prevented Wright from making much of an impact for the remaining three seasons of his Red Sox tenure.

Wright also was suspended 15 games by Major League Baseball in 2018 for violating the domestic violence policy. He tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance and was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball in January. He made just six appearances for Boston in 2019.

This offseason should be a busy one for the Red Sox. They have several veteran players eligible for free agency, and Mookie Betts' future with the franchise also could be decided over the next few months.

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Red Sox' Steven Wright won't need Tommy John surgery

Red Sox' Steven Wright won't need Tommy John surgery

A trip to see Dr. James Andrews doesn't tend to bode well for pitchers, but Steven Wright received some good news regarding his right elbow during his visit.

Dr. Andrews informed the Red Sox knuckleballer he will not need Tommy John surgery as was originally feared. Instead, manager Alex Cora said in Wednesday's pregame press conference Wright received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection. The 34-year-old will rest for six weeks before paying another visit to Dr. Andrews, per WEEI's Rob Bradford.

"Hopefully he can bounce back sooner rather than later and see where it takes us if he can come back this year,” said Cora. “I’m not sure if it’s the outside or inside of the elbow. We’ll get more details later on.”

It's been an injury-riddled last couple of seasons for Wright, who has undergone multiple knee surgeries and has been on the injured list since July after being hit in the foot with a line-drive.

Wright was suspended for the first 80 games of the 2019 season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The right-hander has pitched only 6 1/3 innings this year, posting an 8.53 ERA and 2.37 WHIP in six appearances.

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