A’s want pitching coach Curt Young back from Red Sox

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Right around this time last fall Curt Young resigned as A’s pitching coach to take the same job with the Red Sox, but a year later Young may be returning to Oakland.

Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Young “is expected to be reeled back to the Bay Area by the end of the month” because he’s friends with Oakland manager Bob Melvin and “represents the A’s top target at the moment.”

For now Young has a year remaining on his Red Sox contract, but the starting rotation’s September collapse followed by Terry Francona’s departure has led to some speculation that Young could be the next member of the coaching staff to go.

Young was the A’s pitching coach for seven seasons before joining the Red Sox and his replacement in Oakland, Ron Romanick, was fired shortly after the season ended.

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.