Steven Wright

Red Sox pregame notes: Steven Wright recalled, Noe Ramirez optioned; When might Dustin Pedroia return?

Ryan Hannable
July 04, 2015 - 7:47 am

After allowing four runs (two earned) in the 10th inning of Friday's 12-8 loss to the Astros, Noe Ramirez, who was making his major league debut at the time, was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket and Steven Wright was recalled. "High number of innings out of the bullpen -- we need a fresh arm and someone capable of going multiple innings," manager John Farrell said before Saturday's game. It is Wright's fourth stint with the Red Sox this season. Wright started for the PawSox on Wednesday, going five innings and threw 95 pitches so he wasn't available to pitch Friday, which was the reason he wasn't called up yesterday. Despite being on two days rest, the knuckleballer is available Saturday. "He's available for a couple of innings today," Farrell said. With the Red Sox this season, splitting duties between long reliever and a starter, Wright is 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA. -- Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday against the Yankees and while he's progressing, the team is weighing the risk-reward of playing him for three games, or giving him an extra three days off leading into the All-Star break. "Hit again yesterday in the cage," Farrell said. "Yesterday was a good day for him where the intensity to his running started to increase more. We will get a clearer view on this as we get through the Miami series. What we're going to come down to is what is the risk-reward for activating him in the final series later this week on the homestand, or do we take advantage of those four days. We're not clear -- the next few days will give us more clarity on that." -- With the two off days next week and issues some starters have had of late, Farrell had no update on the rotation as who would start when or who may be skipped. He said he would have that information Sunday.