Knuckleballer Steven Wright sidelined till May following hernia surgery
|02.16.14 at 5:26 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox‘ starting pitching depth equation already looks considerably different than it did a month ago.
On Sunday, right-hander Ryan Dempster announced that he will not pitch in 2014. Meanwhile, manager John Farrell said that knuckleballer Steven Wright – who made his first big league start last year, and was expected to offer the team early-season depth (along with right-handers Brandon Workman, Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa) while prospects Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes and Henry Owens get more seasoning in the upper levels of the minors — suffered a sports hernia that required surgery.
Wright’s injury occurred in late-January; the Sox expect that he will be out until sometime in May. That, in turn, diminishes the Sox’ ranks of starting depth option, though it’s worth noting that the duration of Wright’s absence makes a stint on the 60-day disabled list possible, something that would open a spot on the 40-man roster to add another veteran.
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