Steven Wright makes first rehab appearance with Pawtucket Red Sox


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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