Pittsburgh Pirates sign knuckleballer Steven Wright to minor league deal

Sep 29, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Steven Wright (35) pitches during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed former All-Star right-hander Steven Wright to a minor league deal on Sunday.

The 36-year-old knuckleballer had his best season in 2016 when he went 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts for the Boston Red Sox. But off-field incidents and a major arm injury derailed his career.

Wright served a 15-game suspension in 2018 as a result of a domestic assault incident in Dec. 2017 involving his wife. Wright was charged with domestic assault as well as preventing a 911 call at his home in Nashville, Tenn., before the case against him was later retired.

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Wright was suspended 80 games in March of 2019 for violating baseball’s performance-enhancing policy. He made just six appearances for Boston that season and was released after the campaign.

Shortly after being let go by the Red Sox, Wright underwent Tommy John surgery and didn’t pitch in 2020.

Wright is 24-16 with a 3.86 ERA in 81 career appearances (44 starts), all with Boston from 2013-19.

–Field Level Media