More fat news: Matt Kemp has dropped 15 pounds

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Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Matt Kemp checked into camp at 215 pounds. Last year he was at 230.

After Pablo Sandoval, I think that Kemp’s weight may be the most significant conditioning story of spring training. No, not because he was fat like Sandoval or anything. But because I don’t think anyone suffered more last season from the perception that he was dogging it or lackadaisical or unfocused or whatever than Kemp did.  His defense and base running suffered in 2010.  That could be because of mental issues, but it might also have been because of physical ones.  And no matter what the cause was, people were all OVER him for it.

If it was a mental block or something else altogether we’ll probably know once the season gets going.  But by coming into camp slimmed down like he has, Kemp will at least buy himself a little more goodwill before anyone jumps on his case.

Steven Wright undergoes procedures on left knee

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The Red Sox announced that starter Steven Wright underwent a left knee arthroscopy and debridement on Monday in New York. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, so it is still not known if he will be ready for spring training.

Wright, 34, was bothered by left knee issues throughout the 2018 season. He made four starts and 16 relief appearances totaling 53 2/3 innings, posting a 2.68 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 26 walks. Wright was on the ALDS roster but was removed due to the knee issue and did not appear in the postseason.

Wright is entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He is due a raise on his $1.1 million salary. The Red Sox could non-tender him, but that seems unlikely.