The Red Sox announced today that they have reinstated Steven Wright from the restricted list. Wright had been serving an 80-game suspension following a failed PED test, announced back in March.
Wright has suffered a number of injuries and thus has managed to pitch only 77.3 innings over the last two seasons. Last year, across four starts and 16 relief appearances, he posted a 2.68 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 26 walks. Following an offseason arthroscopy and a debridement procedure on his left knee, the Sox had planned on having him work exclusively out of the bullpen this year. He’ll likely start that work now.
To make room for Wright, the Sox optioned Josh Smith to Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room for him on the 40-man they moved Nate Eovaldi from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day.
The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.
Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.
Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.