Steven Wright

Steven Wright to get Saturday start against Yankees

Rob Bradford
April 08, 2015 - 1:25 pm

PHILADELPHIA -- Prior to the Red Sox game against the Phillies Wednesday, John Farrell announced that Steven Wright would be getting the start against the Yankees Saturday at Yankee Stadium. There was some thought that Joe Kelly might be able to make what will likely be his usual turn, but Farrell noted that the team is hoping to get the righty up to 95 pitches before entering the big league rotation. It's expected that Kelly will pitch for Greenville Saturday. It will be Wright's third major league start, with his most recent one coming last Sept. 26 against the Yankees in which he allowed two unearned runs over five innings. "I try not to think about it," said Wright regarding making an April start in Yankee Stadium. "When you'€™re in the big leagues it doesn'€™t really matter who you'€™re pitching against. But it'€™s definitely exciting, especially this early on because I'€™ve never broke with the team before and I'€™ve only made two starts. It'€™s nice to get that first one under your belt, hopefully have a good outing and build off of that. "For me, you go from the warm to the cold so with the knuckleball you'€™re just trying to get acclimated and trusting the movement and try not to do too much because you do get a little more excited when it'€™s your first outing. Just trying to hone that in and not overthrow. Just try and throw good knuckleballs in the strike zone." Wright hasn't pitched in a game this early in the calendar year since 2013, having not pitched until late May last season due to injury. The knuckleballer threw his bullpen session at Citizens Bank Park Wednesday, using the chilly weather to prepare for what will be a day game Saturday. "It'€™s more chilly so the movement isn'€™t as sharp as it usually is when it'€™s warm outside," Wright said. "That'€™s something when you go out there and throw your side for the game you take that all into consideration. Sometimes if it'€™s not moving as much, you subtract or add a little bit more, and if it'€™s moving too much then you make sure you'€™re not throwing them at the same speed."