Farrell: Wright still a work in progress

Farrell: Wright still a work in progress
March 12, 2013, 11:30 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox made five roster moves Tuesday morning, bringing the number of players in major league camp down to 52. Knuckle-baller Steven Wright was among those, optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Wright appeared in four games, including one start, spanning 7 1/3 innings. He gave up seven runs on 10 hits and seven walks with six strikeouts, posting an ERA of 8.59.

“Someone who’s still working to repeat his delivery, to gain some control over the knuckle-ball, which I know is a little bit of a contradictory type of statement,” said manager John Farrell. “As we mentioned to Steven on the way out, he’s in the right place. He’s in an organization that embraces the knuckle-ball pitcher, the knuckle-ball, the knuckle-ball pitcher. Yet, he’s still a work in progress.”

Farrell believes in time, Wright can be an asset to the organization.

“Yes, yeah, without a doubt,” Farrell said. “Some encouraging things even in his last outing, which again was only one inning. There was a little more use of the curve-ball behind in the count, rather than being a two-pitch guy. And I think that comes from the conversations with [Tim Wakefield]. And having a curve-ball that he can flip in there for a strike in some fastball counts. But it’s at the time now in camp to get him stretched out.”

Wright will start a minor league game on Friday, against Baltimore’s Triple-A Norfolk Tides, at the Sox complex.