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Steven Wright gets his chance to start Tuesday

Rob Bradford
June 03, 2018 - 6:52 pm

HOUSTON -- Steven Wright is getting a chance to once again experience life as a starting pitcher, even if for just a brief moment.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before his team's game Sunday night that Wright would be getting a spot start Tuesday night against the Tigers at Fenway Park. The move allows the rest of the starting rotation to get an extra day of rest, with the Sox scheduled for an off day Monday.

"We're going to push everybody back," Cora said. "I do feel this is a time of year that, if I'm feeling it I know they're feeling it. With the traveling, all those day games last week. I don't know what time we're going to get in tomorrow to Boston, so I think it makes sense to give him that start. I think it's good for him and also I think pushing everybody back is going to be beneficial for us in the long run."

It will be the first time since April 29, 2017 Wright has started, having exited the rotation after succumbing to his knee injury. He has appeared in six games this season, all in relief, totaling a 2.25 ERA and .167 batting average against over 16 innings.

Despite his late start -- due to the recovery from knee surgery and a 15-game suspension due to his domestic abuse arrest -- Wright has become a valuable piece of the Sox' pitching puzzle. During Sunday's media session, the role was compared to that of Julian Tavarez during the Red Sox' world championship season of 2007.

"Julian was great for us that year, he was," said Cora of Tavarez, who pitched 134 2/3 innings in '07 despite making just 23 of his 34 outings a starter. "He helped Tito (Francona) be able to manage the games in a different way. He’ll come in and give you four and he’ll start a game. He hit Alex (Rodriguez). Yeah, on Sunday Night Baseball. I remember that. He was good. So yeah, Steven can do the same thing. Like I said, it’s getting to the point where if he, in the bullpen, we’re going to push him a little bit harder. We’ll think about that, man on, bring him in, and see how we can handle that one and keep making his role a little bigger and more important."

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