Steven Wright made his first rehab appearance with the Pawtucket Red Sox Sunday as he makes his way back from knee surgery and an 80-game suspension.
Over 1.2 innings, Wright let up one earned run on a home run and struck out two Rochester batters. While he recovers from offseason knee surgery that caused him to miss Boston's World Series run, his suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs still has 15 games left.
If he returns to the big-league roster, Wright will likely be used as a relief pitcher despite Nathan Eovaldi's setback with a case of bicep tendinitis.
Wright wasn't the only Red Sox pitcher getting in a little work Sunday. Lefty Brian Johnson, who continues to recover from elbow inflammation struck out six over four innings as a starter for Pawtucket. It was a quality start for an otherwise struggling Johnson (8.44 ERA entering Sunday), but considering the team thought his elbow injury would be season-ending, he'll probably take a high ERA over a year's worth of elbow rehab.
Tyler Thornburg also made his first rehab appearance since he was sent to the IL with a hip injury a few weeks ago. He threw a scoreless inning in relief with one strikeout, which should build a little confidence in order to get back to Sox major-league bullpen.
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