In an unfortunate turn of events, the Red Sox specialist has been suspended for PED’s.
It was announced Wednesday afternoon that Red Sox knuckeballer, Steven Wright, has been suspended 80 games for PED’s.
Steven Wright suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) March 6, 2019
Well, it was unexpected news after the Sox fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a Spring Training game. The Red Sox pitcher has been struggling to recover from his knee surgery and it would not be a surprise to see that this usage came as a result of expediting recovery.
Whether Wright was using the illegal drug for performance, or recovery, it is still against Major League Baseball rules and will be punished accordingly. It’s unfortunate for Alex Cora‘s club in a season where there will be a definite emphasis on the performance of the bullpen, but they’ll largely do it without a knuckleball.
However, the suspension does open the door for a younger arm to make the Opening Day roster. This bodes well for the likes of Travis Lakins, Darwinzon Hernandez, Durbin Feltman, or Colten Brewer, as they all vie for a spot on the immediate roster.