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Steven Wright (SP, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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ANALYSIS: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright received a PRP injection in his injured left knee on Monday and could rejoin the Red Sox rotation after the All-Star break. Wright could be very useful, especially with Drew Pomeranz’s own rehab adventures going poorly.

The knuckleballer’s 3.38 ERA has danced around his peripherals thus far (4.43 FIP, 4.61 xFIP, 4.73 SIERA), but that is not too unusual for these unorthodox hurlers. Perhaps it has to do with the change in approach by big-league hitters this year too, but Wright’s groundball rate has shot up to 53.2% thus far -- about 10 percentage points higher than the norm.

What you are buying into are the wins that come with pitching for Boston, and hoping for roughly six punchouts per start. However, the knuckler may not knuckle, so do not be afraid to bail if the command goes.

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