In an attempt to give some pitchers some extra rest this upcoming week, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told the media on Sunday morning that knuckleballer Steven Wright will make his first career start on Tuesday night in Houston.
This news shouldn’t come as a surprise since Wright has been throwing the ball well all year in Triple-A Pawtucket and now in a brief stint with the Red Sox. So far in his first three career relief outings, Wright has gone 2-0 with a 3.65 ERA in 12 innings. He most recently earned the win on Thursday night against the Seattle Mariners in that epic seven run come from behind win.
Since being acquired at the trade deadline in 2012 for former first baseman Lars Anderson, Wright has quietly become one of the Red Sox better minor league arms especially this season going 5-6 with 3.89 ERA in 19 starts along with two complete game shutouts for the Pawsox.
Expect Wright along with Brandon Workman to possibly become valuable options for the team going forward in either a long relief role or as a spot starter. Wright could make a career out of this like Tim Wakefield did for the Red Sox.