The Red Sox have sent right-hander Steven Wright to the 15-day disabled list, placed first baseman Hanley Ramirez on the bereavement list for three days, and optioned left-hander Roenis Elias to Triple-A Pawtucket, reports Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald (Twitter link). Corresponding moves are not yet known, adds Mastrodonato.
Wright, whose DL stint will be retroactive to this past Monday, hasn’t pitched since Aug. 5. The 31-year-old knuckleballer threw a complete game shutout against the Dodgers in that outing, but he has been dealing with soreness in his throwing shoulder of late.
“With there being no structural damage, it’s bursitis, so it’s a little inflamed,” Wright explained to Rob Bradford of WEEI on Saturday. “If the pain doesn’t go away, it’s just about if it’s tolerable enough to pitch through. Right now, I don’t know. I right now, it’s 50-50. It all depends on how I feel when I get off the mound.”
The absence of Wright is certainly a negative for the Red Sox, who pummeled Arizona, 16-2, on Sunday for their third straight win. Boston is now 64-52, two games up on a Wild Card spot and two back in the American League East, but its starters entered Sunday with a middling ERA (4.47), and that includes Wright’s sterling 3.01 mark through 146 2/3 innings. With Wright down, the only member of the Red Sox’s staff with a sub-4.00 ERA is Rick Porcello (3.40). However, despite his run-prevention issues this year, David Price remains a more-than-capable option. Meanwhile, Eduardo Rodriguez has fared well over the past month, and costly July trade acquisition Drew Pomeranz has turned in back-to-back encouraging starts after a rough beginning with the team.
For at least the time being, the Red Sox will turn to beleaguered righty Clay Buchholz to fill Wright’s void. Buchholz was a quality starter as recently as last year, but he has shuffled between the rotation and bullpen during a forgettable 2016. In 75 2/3 innings as a starter this season, the 31-year-old has logged a 6.30 ERA, 5.67 K/9 and 4.05 BB/9. He’ll take the mound Thursday in Detroit.