BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox have removed reliever Steven Wright from the playoff roster ahead of Saturday’s Game 2 against the New York Yankees, the team announced. Right-hander reliever Heath Hembree has replaced him on the roster.
The right-handed Wright was bothered by his surgically repaired left knee ahead of Boston’s 5-4 win in Game 1 on Friday and went in for an MRI examination. He has been diagnosed with inflammation and a loose body in his knee.
Under MLB rules, Wright cannot be added back to the roster until the World Series, should the Rex Sox advance.
Wright, who had major knee surgery in May 2017, has been strong in a limited role this season, posting a 1.52 ERA in 29 2/3 innings of relief.
The 34-year-old knuckleballer also made four starts and has an overall record of 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 53 2/3 innings.
Hembree, 29, appeared in 67 games for the Red Sox this season. He was 4-1 with a 4.29 ERA and had 76 strikeouts in 60 innings.
–Field Level Media