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Pitching Comeback Is a Long-term Proposition for Knuckleballer Steven Wright

The Boston Red Sox faced the Seattle Mariners again last Friday, and won, but not until Sox knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright had given up ten earned runs over a little more than three innings. The score was 14-10, after the Sox had lagged 5-10. Knuckleballers have on days as well as off days. If Wright […]

In Third Start, Knuckleball Pitcher Wright’s String of No-Run Innings Is Broken

We’d been hoping that Steven Wright’s recent streak of allowing no runs would last a few hundred more innings or so. On Saturday, though, he did allow a single run. Since the pitchers on the Seattle Mariners—especially Wade LeBlanc—didn’t allow any, the result was a 1-0 loss for the Sox. (A day later the Sox […]

Though Starting as a Reliever, Steven Wright May End as a Starter

Sports writers like MassLive’s Christopher Smith are wondering whether knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, recently back in play with the Boston Red Sox, will replace Drew Pomeranz as a starter. Reason: Pomeranz “continues to struggle.” And Wright is till pretty darn good. [T]he Red Sox have an usual situation with three starters (Wright, Brian Johnson and […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Is Back on Red Sox Roster

After delays caused by injuries last year and other problems, Steven Wright will now be pitching again for the Boston Red Sox. Ricky Doyle at NESN.com reports: The Red Sox added the knuckleballer to their active major league roster before Monday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics. To make room, Boston placed right-hander Hector Velazquez […]

Wright On Point, So Far; PLUS: Pick Dickey Because “Knuckleballers are awesome.”

It’s looking good for knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox, who was knocked out of play last season by knee injury and surgery after participating in only a few games. Now he reports that after his first public pitching efforts of the year, he’s feeling cautiously optimistic—not yet up to par, but getting […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Signs with Red Sox for 2018 Season

Steven Wright has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Red Sox to pitch in 2018. “Wright, 33, was limited to five starts in 2017 before a knee injury cut short his season,” NESN.com recalls. “The knuckleballer, who’s also under team control through 2020, was a surprising All-Star in 2016, posting a 13-6 record with […]

Getting Used to the Knuckleball—and the Ability of R.A. Dickey to Turn Things Around

Although the knuckleball takes some getting used to, reports Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Michael Cunningham, Braves manager Brian Snitker is figuring it out with the help of Braves newcomer R.A. Dickey. When Dickey is on the mound managers, opposing batters and catchers accustomed to things going a certain way have to adjust their systems to process this […]

Knuckleball Pitching As a Team Effort

Knuckleball pitchers are the ones who pitch the knuckleball. They are the ones who are on the mound letting it loose. They also deserve the primary credit for choosing to make such a large change in their careers in order to stay in the game; for as we know, knucklers often adopt the knuckleball as […]

Knuckleballer Spring Training Update: Wright, Dickey, Gamboa

Is it spring training or some kind of All-Star thing? According to Rob Bradford, “Steven Wright looks the same as when he marched on to an All-Star appearance last season.” On Saturday the he pitched “three hitless innings against the twins” and “worked up to 41 pitches before going back down to the bullpen for another […]