Recently-released Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery


Steven Wright is in the process of starting over, in more ways than one.

The Red Sox announced Friday that the knuckleballer was being released, ending a stint with the organization that began in 2013. Wright only pitched in six games for the team in 2019, experiencing a foot and arm injuries that shut down his season after missing 80 games due to a performance-enhancing substance.

Monday's release, however, is just part of the challenge facing the 35-year-old.

Wright revealed to that he will be undergoing Tommy John surgery Tuesday.

"I'm fully committed to rehab and making a comeback," the knuckleballer said in a text. "I feel better than I have ever and want to get back to a position I haven't been in since 2016, which is healthy. My sole focus is to get healthy and stay focused."

Wright had been dealing with elbow stiffness starting in late May, leading to an MRI after he went on the injured list with a July 13 toe injury. The test revealed a tear in the pitcher's UCL. Wright approached the injury with a PRP injury followed by six weeks off, a throwing progression and subsequently a second trip to Dr. James Andrews.

With the injury not responding to the PRP injection in the manner which Wright had hoped it was determined Tommy John surgery was needed.

Wright leaves the Red Sox having pitched in 81 games, getting 44 starts. His best season came in 2016 when the righty went 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts.