Red Sox’ pitcher Steven Wright has been handed a 15-game suspension
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According to league officials, Red Sox’ pitcher Steven Wright has been suspended 15 games for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. Wright will not appeal the suspension and will start serving his suspension whenever he is activated on the roster.
The knuckleballer was arrested on Dec. 8 with domestic violence and preventing a 911 call. He was released 12 hours later.
Before the news broke on Friday, he was a consideration for a spot in the rotation on Opening Day. At the same time, however, he has been recovering from knee surgery. As such, he was questionable to start the season healthy, anyway.
Wright, who missed most of last season, sent out a public apology to his wife, Shannon, after the suspension was announced.
Via the MLBPA, Wright issued this statement: pic.twitter.com/BzcfYwqDjc
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) March 23, 2018
Wright has been adamant all off-season there was no physical contact involved. Obviously, we do not know the specific circumstances that perspired the night of Dec. 8th.
I do, however, applaud MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred for investigating this thoroughly and appreciate Wright’s cooperation on the matter. Domestic violence should not be tolerated under any circumstances. If he really did cause physical harm to his wife, he should not be on the team.
With Wright now suspended, this probably opens the door for Hector Velazquez to be in the rotation on Opening Day. The back of the rotation, with Velazaquez and Johnson, does not look very robust. Boston should be anxious to get Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez back from their injury issues.