Red Sox starter Steven Wright will undergo season-ending knee surgery on Monday, according to a team announcement. The procedure involves “cartilage restoration,” according to the club.
Wright, 32, has been dealing with knee issues since spring training and struggled to an 8.25 ERA in 24 innings for the BoSox this season. An All-Star last season, Wright was slated to be an important part of the back-end of a Sox’ rotation headlined by Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello.
Boston has yet to see Price hit the mound this season due to elbow trouble, and promoted righty Kyle Kendrick to join Sale, Porcello, Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez in a mix that includes Henry Owens, Brian Johnson and Roenis Elias as depth options at Triple-A. External options are likely to be considered as well, especially if the Sox want to add another righty to the mix.
Wright is a veteran of five years, all with the Red Sox, and is expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2018 season.