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Apr 22, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright (35) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles during a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

The Steven Wright era in Boston is over.

The Red Sox announced Friday that they have released 35-year-old knuckleballer. Wright would have been eligible for salary arbitration for the 2020 season. The team did not decide to wait until the non-tender deadline to part ways with the right-hander.

According to Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald, injury concerns may have played a role in Wright’s release.

Wright has battled injuries since the second half of the 2016 season when he hurt his shoulder pinch-running. He had knee surgery in 2017 and has struggled to stay on the field since.

Wright has also been suspended for violating the league’s PED policy and for a domestic violence incident.

The move likely saves the Red Sox somewhere around $1.5 million. The team is looking to cut their payroll to $208 million or less.

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