USA Today Sports

Steven Wright (knee) may be unavailable for rest of ALDS

Ryan Hannable
October 06, 2018 - 12:20 am

Obviously, the Red Sox bullpen was not at its best in Game 1 of the ALDS despite hanging on for a 5-4 win, and they may need to go the rest of the series without one of the pitchers it was counting on.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright was unavailable Friday night after getting a MRI on his knee Thursday. The team will know more on Saturday. This was part of the reason Game 3 starter Rick Porcello got the start of the eighth inning.

"Steven complained about his knee, and he wasn't available today," Cora said afterwards. "Actually, he had an MRI during the night. And we'll know more about it tomorrow.

"Before the game we kind of looked at Game 3 and Game 4 where we were, and we felt that in that slot that pocket [Miguel] Andujar, [Gleyber] Torres -- the bottom three hitters, [Gary] Sanchez. It was a good one for Rick. We'll talk about it tomorrow where we're going to go next, either Game 3 or 4. But we felt that was a good spot for him."

Wright appeared to be someone Cora could count on in relief as down the stretch in 10 games, he was 1-0 with a save. He allowed 11 hits and six walks in 13 2/3 innings. 

If Wright is unavailable for the rest of the series, the Red Sox could get an exemption and add another player, like they did when Eduardo Nunez got injured last year against Houston.


Related: Game 1 puts good, bad on display for Red Sox