Knuckleballs: Wright May Not Finish Season; Dickey May Finish Career

WrightPitchingAlthough we have all wanted Steven Wright back on the mound soon, it seems there is a good chance he will miss the last days of the season. According to Jenn McCaffrey’s report at MassLive:

The Red Sox had hoped Wright would begin a throwing program earlier this week, but that has been pushed back base on Wright’s soreness.

With just 17 games left in the schedule, a return this season seems slim for Wright.

“It’s hard because we all have that competitive side where we want to get out there and pitch, but when you physically can’t go out there and give it your best it’s a little easier to sit with it. It sucks. It’s part of the game sometimes,” he said. “You get hurt and you get banged up to the point you can’t perform. You just have to be patient with it and trust your body is going to treat itself, and trust the medical staff.

“Even if I don’t come back this year,” Wright added, “I just want to make sure whenever the season is over for me that I’m physically ready to go into the offseason 100 percent to get ready for spring training.”

Wright didn’t get to finish out last season either. He’s been blasting away on the mound this year, so it will be a shame if he doesn’t have the chance to demonstrate his super powers again at all during the rest of the season.

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Will R.A. Dickey retire after this season? Connor Byrne reports at MLBTradeRumors.com:

With the end of the regular season approaching, right-hander R.A. Dickey realizes that the start he made Friday could be his last with the Blue Jays, he told Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. The knuckleballer threw five shutout innings against the Angels, yielding seven hits and one walk against five strikeouts in a 5-0 victory.

DickeysFirstAudience“When I came out I kind of ruminated over what that might be because there’s a chance that could be my last start as a Blue Jay. That’s somewhat emotional,” Dickey said. “But I have one singular goal, and I’ve made no secret about what that is: I just want to be on a championship ball club. That’s all I care about.”

At 81-67, The Blue Jays have a three-game cushion in the American League wild-card race. If they hold on and make the playoffs, Dickey is unlikely to factor into their October rotation plans….

Looking beyond this season, Dickey is set to hit the free agent market as a 42-year-old during the winter. Dickey is unsure if he’ll pitch in 2017, however. While he has “never felt better” physically and believes he’s still capable of contributing, whether Dickey continues his career is “going to be a family decision.”

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One may find a clue as to why the page so much resembles a ghost town with just a few tumbleweeds rolling through, though. At the bottom of the page, we have the following announcement: “This Page is automatically generated based on what Facebook users are interested in, and not affiliated with or endorsed by anyone associated with the topic.” That non-affiliation includes IKA. Even so, we agree that knuckleball pitchers should be treated ethically.

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