Knuckleballer Steven Wright lands on the disabled list with a shoulder injury

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The Red Sox have placed All-Star starter Steven Wright on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 8, Nick Friar of CSN New England reports. Wright injured his right shoulder pinch-running in last Sunday’s game against the Dodgers.

Wright discussed the injury with WEEI’s Rob Bradford on Saturday:

It’s one of those things where it still hurts when I throw, but the ball is still coming out the same. With there being no structural damage, it’s bursitis, so it’s a little inflamed. If the pain doesn’t go away, it’s just about if it’s tolerable enough to pitch through. Right now, I don’t know. I right now, it’s 50-50. It all depends on how I feel when I get off the mound.

Clay Buchholz took Wright’s spot in the rotation but lasted only 4 1/3 innings in Saturday’s win against the Diamondbacks. He’ll start again on Thursday against the Tigers and will continue to pitch out of the rotation as long as Wright is out.

Wright, 31, is 13-5 with a 3.01 ERA and a 123/51 K/BB ratio in 146 2/3 innings this season.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.