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Red Sox activate Steven Wright

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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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.