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Steven Wright considering season-ending knee surgery


Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports that Red Sox starter Steven Wright is considering surgery on his left knee which would “likely” be season-ending. He’s meeting with the Red Sox to determine his options.

Wright, 32, has been battling knee issues since spring training. His regular season has not gone well, as he owns an 8.25 ERA with a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 24 innings.

The Red Sox, who are already thin on pitching depth, are calling on Kyle Kendrick to start on Thursday against the Orioles to fill in for Wright. Kendrick will presumably stay in the rotation until the Red Sox find a better option. Kendrick hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 with the Rockies.

Scott Boras wants Congressional action to allow teams to more harshly punish unruly fans

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During Monday night’s game between the Orioles and Red Sox at Fenway Park, Boston fans taunted O’s outfielder Adam Jones with racial slurs and one fan threw peanuts at him. In the aftermath, many have suggested ways in which teams can ensure incidents like Monday’s never happen again.

Agent Scott Boras has an idea of his own, and he wants to get Congress involved, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Boras wants Congressional legislation that would allow teams to more harshly punish fans who exhibit racist behavior at ballparks.

Boras said, “Jackie Robinson carried the torch of our game as a spokesperson to help initiate Civil Rights legislation. This awareness needs to trigger legislation.”

Boras continued, “I think we’d get unanimity among legislators to create a bill that would put teeth into what teams could do with the license they are given. If you run on the field, that trespass gets you jail time and a criminal act. Why shouldn’t conduct of this nature get obviously a greater penalty because it has worse damages?”

If Boras is expecting a Republican-led Congress to pass legislation to curtail racism, I have some bad news.

Indians place Corey Kluber on the disabled list

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The Indians announced on Wednesday that starter Corey Kluber has been placed on the 10-day disabled list and pitcher Joe Colon has been called up from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Kluber, 31, lasted only three innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Tigers, leaving early due to discomfort in his lower back. The Indians, of course, hope Kluber will need to miss only one start. Kluber is holding a 5.06 ERA with a 41/13 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings so far.

Colon, 27, has pitched 10 1/3 innings of relief at Triple-A, yielding a lone run on nine hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.