Red Sox starter Steven Wright will undergo a season-ending surgery on his left knee, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports. The surgery is a cartilage restoration procedure. We learned yesterday that it was a consideration for Wright and he decided it was worth ending his season on Thursday.
Wright’s knee has been bothering him since spring training. The injury explains his 8.25 ERA and 13/5 K/BB ratio in 24 innings through his first five starts.
The Red Sox are perilously thin on starting pitching depth. Kyle Kendrick will take Wright’s spot in the rotation starting tonight against the Orioles in the series finale.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.