This week the Boston Red Sox made more roster cuts. This is their second wave of finalizing their regular season team. One of the players going to the minors is pitcher Steven Wright. The 28-year-old knuckleballer has the team’s faith that he will be able to contribute in the future.
Boston always has an interest in a pitcher that can throw the knuckleball, since that style of pitcher doesn’t come around every day. That bodes well for Wright, and if he can work on his control and mechanics he should be able to get back up to the majors. Not too bad for a pitcher that didn’t start throwing the knuckleball until two years ago.
As of now Steven will be going to play at the Triple-A level in Pawtucket. This Spring Training has had its ups and downs for Wright. At times he looked great, totaling six strikeouts, and the 10 hits he did allow weren’t really solid contact. The downside was that he did give up seven runs off those 10 hits.
Wright did speak with the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham saying, “The results weren’t always what I wanted, but I feel like I made a lot of progress. Just knowing that this organization thinks I have a future has been a big boost for me.”
To help Wright with his knuckleball Boston brought in their famous knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Wright felt very fortunate to have Wakefield tutor him on his mechanics. Tim also aided Steven with the mental side of pitching.
Not only does Wright pitch the knuckleball, but in his last outing against the Tampa Bay Rays he did show off his curveball. In that game he was able to pitch a scoreless inning.