Steven Wright will return to the Boston Red Sox roster as a relief pitcher.
The knuckleballer, who hasn’t pitched with the big-league club since the 2017 season, has been rehabbing in Triple-A Pawtucket while he serves a 15-game suspension.
Sox skipper Alex Cora confirmed they’d use Wright out of the bullpen, and not as a starter, after he’s eligible to be activated, which is May 14.
NESN’s Adam Pellerin, Tim Wakefield and Steve Lyons had varying opinions on the matter, with Wakefield, a former Boston knuckler, saying it will be good to have him out of the pen in order to mix up the velocity of pitches, while Lyons liked him as a starter.
One thing the two can agree on is the effect a knuckleball pitcher has on the batters.
To hear the entire conversation,check out the video above from “Red Sox Gameday Live,” presented by DCU.
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