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Instead of making his second start of the year for the PawSox Thursday night, knuckleballer Steven Wright found himself on the disabled list with shoulder tightness.
Wright, acquired by the Red Sox at the deadline from Cleveland for former PawSox first baseman Lars Anderson, looked solid in his first start for Pawtucket. The 27-year-old allowed two runs on five hits over five innings on August 11 at Rochester.
“He did a nice job,” said PawSox manager, Arnie Beyeler. “His knuckleball was a little firmer than most that you’re used to seeing. He pounded the zone, had some good stuff, and I was real excited with what we saw.”
Wright, who was college teammates at Hawaii with current PawSox utility-man Jon Hee, made one start with Double-A Portland before being assigned to Pawtucket. With the Sea Dogs, the right-hander allowed just one run on five hits over six innings.
With Wright on the disabled list, Tony Pena Jr. (ankle) was activated Thursday night and tossed three and two-thirds innings in the start for a no-decision.
“It feels good to be wanted.”
Those were some fo the first words spoken by Lars Anderson outside the PawSox clubhouse in Rochester Tuesday afternoon when asked about being traded to Cleveland.
The 24-year-old first baseman/outfielder went on to say he had “an awesome six years in the Red Sox organization” but is excited for the opportunity in front of him with the Indians.
“I’m going into this without any expectations,” Anderson continued. “I’m not going to try to figure out what’s going to happen, I’m just excited about having the opportunity to hopefully play in the Big Leagues.”
Anderson was dealt to Cleveland late in the afternoon in exchange for minor league right-hander, Steven Wright. A knuckleballer, Wright is a former college teammate of PawSox utility-man Jon Hee at the University of Hawaii and has been assigned to Double-A Portland.
Anderson, meanwhile, will report to Triple-A Columbus and play for the defending back-to-back Triple-A champion Clippers.
“I’ve always loved Columbus,” Anderson said. “It’s probably my favorite ballpark in the league both in how it plays and how it looks.”
Out on the field when PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler gave him the news, Anderson said he was “totally surprised” and had no idea Cleveland was interested in him.
Over six years in the Red Sox system, Anderson was a career .274 minor league hitter and was Boston’s Minor League Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 when he hit .317 with 18 home runs and 80 runs batted in. The following year, Baseball America named him the Red Sox No. 1 overall prospect. This year with Pawtucket, the Oakland native hit .259 with nine homers and 52 RBI.
Anderson was nearly dealt to his hometown team last season on this exact day when traded for Rich Harden, but after Harden failed a physical, the deal was canceled.
Wright comes to the Red Sox system after spending all of this season with Double-A Akron where he has gone 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA over 20 relief appearances. A former second-round selection by the Indians, Wright has spent parts of 2009-11 in Triple-A.
All the best to Lars and his future success in Cleveland. He’s a talented player, a deep thinker, and, like any number minor leaguers, was in a log-jam at his position and needed a change of scenery.
Although the PawSox fell short yesterday of what would have been a franchise-record ten consecutive wins, the team still has the top record in the International League at 15-6.
Since the PawSox have today off before leaving tomorrow morning for a ten-day road road trip, this seemed like the perfect chance to share some photos from the recent homestand where club went 5-1. Special thanks to PawSox contributing photographer Kelly O’Connor (@sittingstillsox) for these great images.
Will Middlebrooks did a lot of this over the last six games. The Red Sox No. 1 prospect finished the home stand with four home runs.
Middlebrooks wasn’t the only one to go deep often. Mauro Gomez received plenty of high fives following each of his five homers over the last six games.
The PawSox first-ever “Bark in the Park” was a huge succes!
Infielder Jon Hee showing off some Matrix ball skills.
Mark Melancon made his Pawtucket debut during the homestand. The righty made three appearances and collected his first save of the year.
We had a chance to see Alex Hassan make some great plays in the outfield with both his glove and his arm.
It was great to watch Rich Hill pitch for the PawSox as he continues to recover from Tommy John Surgery.
As his bat is heating up, outfielder Josh Kroeger made a couple of terrific plays defensively.
So Will Rhymes doesn’s play for the PawSox, this was too good to pass up. Lots of credit goes to Kelly for noticing that Will shaved his mustache during the middle of the game! (This was later confirmed via Twitter.) I guess he wasn’t hitting well enough with the ‘stache.
Thanks once again to Kelly for these great pics. The PawSox open up the road trip tomorrow night from Columbus in Game 1 against the Clippers. First pitch it set for 7:05 p.m., we’ll be on-air with the pre-game show at 6:50.
Talk with you then.
With Nate Spears getting called up to Boston and Pedro Ciriaco on the DL with an oblique injury, Jon Hee received his first call-up to Triple-A. The Honolulu native took some time after batting practice here in Syracuse to chat with me about joining the PawSox and how he became such a versatile infielder.