Rangers release veteran right-hander Jamey Wright

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Texas’ pitching staff certainly needs plenty of help, but apparently not enough to keep 40-year-old Jamey Wright around after a rough spring in which he allowed 11 runs in eight appearances.

Wright’s late-career resurrgence has been remarkable considering he wasn’t all that good in his twenties. During the past four seasons–starting at age 36–he’s thrown 276 innings with a 3.58 ERA.

As a rubber-armed veteran who can soak up innings in middle or long relief Wright may still have a little value to some teams.

Dustin Pedroia suffers a “significant setback” in his recovery

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”

Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.

In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.