I'd rather Poyner since he can at least throw strikes. He may have a HR issue though, and that's not something you want to find out against the Yankees.I assume Hembree and yes no one will want to see him out there. If they don't see Hembree having a role then I guess it could be Velazquez in the role of multi-inning guy in a game you've already pretty much given up on.
I believe Poyner will implode as Brasier. Now, they are not right in high leverage situations. As bad as Hembree was lately, he is a veteran and could handle things better. Velazquez if you want a long man.With Hicks perhaps out as well, I think having Poyner to use against Melonhead Gardner could be useful. He can’t pitch against righties, but I am not sure Hembree can pitch against anyone on the Yankees.
As a Yankee fan I can confirm, Wright is the last guy I want to see coming out of the bullpen.Just saw this, had him as one of the most important pieces of the pen this series.
I'd hate to have him in with runners one but probably no one I'd trust more in the 8th with no one on, esp against MFY.
It's the knee he had the surgery on in the offseason. It was one of the first procedures done on a baseball player along with Pedroia. Point being, his knee was really screwed up and it's not surprising that it flared up again. He was pitching really well too. Oh well, hope he's OK for the WS.Anyone have details on what happened with the knee? Quick Bing search wasn't enlightening. Weird that knee pains shows up during Game 1 pre-game.
It's still his plant leg, and he's putting stress on it over and over. It isn't about running.I just don't get it. I love Wright but how in the hell does this keep happening to him? It's not like he is playing a position where he has to run much if at all. His pitching motion doesn't require a whole lot of torque or stress to complete. Frustrating for all.
Went to a Dr. about a pain in my knee. He said there was a loose body in there. So I went for surgery and when he took it out, it was bigger than me.Pete AbrahamVerified account @PeteAbe 3m3 minutes ago
MLB has approved a roster substitution for the Red Sox due to an injury sustained by RHP Steven Wright. Wright, who has been diagnosed with inflammation and loose body in his left knee, will be replaced on the Division Series roster by RHP Heath Hembree.
Pete AbrahamVerified account @PeteAbe 1m1 minute ago
Re: Wright coming off the roster. A “loose body” is usually a bone chip or something of the sort and is removed surgically. So odds of him returning this postseason seem slim.
Suddenly a bone chip over the past week. what can you do?
Not to belabor the point, but after he came back from the DL, he had three multi-inning outings (out of 10 total). The last two of which came in his final four appearances. Wouldn't shock me if the longer outings were the impetus for the latest inflammation. It was starting that did it earlier in the year. His knee clearly isn't up to longer outings.I think they were planning to have Wright go 2-3 IP if necessary, contrary to RedHawks' post. I think it's at least in part why Cora's bullpen decision seemed so bizarre last night.