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Storylines: Steven Wright done for the rest of the season

The Red Sox lost a key member to their starting rotation with Steven Wright not sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury. We discuss that and all the other news and notes from around baseball on Thursday...

Top Storylines:

- The Boston Red Sox have the best pitching staff in the AL East. That’s what everyone was saying after the Chris Sale block buster deal with the Chicago White Sox that netted the Red Sox the lefty ace.  He was set to join a rotation headlined by David Price and Rick Porcello.  The Red Sox had more pitchers than they could carry with the addition of Sale that they traded a starter away when they dealt Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies. Things quickly changed when David Price started having elbow problems in Spring Training. He didn’t need Tommy John surgery but has had a long recovery process and has yet to take the mound thus leaving the rotation a bit thin. Now, the rotation is even more fragile as knuckleballer Steven Wright is expected to miss the entire season by undergoing left knee surgery to restore some cartilage in his knee per a team announcement.  That leaves the rotation a bit weaker going forward.  Sale has been dominant so far so there’s no problem there but Porcello hasn’t looked like the AL CY Young winner from last season so far and now with Wright gone for the season, Kyle Kendricks is the fifth starter in the rotation.  Kendricks has been a capable back-end starter for the most part in his career but his presence in the rotation gives some questions to the depth of the pitching staff.  Price is expected back in about a month so the Red Sox may be alright but their rotation depth will still be a question mark and may mean the Red Sox may have to deal for another starter using some of their coveted prospect depth.

Other Storylines:

- The White Sox are placing right-handed reliever Nate Jones on the 10-day DL due to neuritis in his pitching elbow per a club announcement.  Jones is a former Tommy John patient so any elbow news is a bit of a concern but the White Sox feel his injury is very minor and that he can make it back within two weeks.  The righty has settled in after a slow start and become a key late-inning reliever in the White Sox bullpen.

- The Minnesota Twins are sending right-hander Kyle Gibson back to Triple-A Rochester per a team announcement.  The righty has struggled so far this season holding an 8.20 ERA and just a 47.4 ground ball percentage in 2017.  The Twins are hoping some time down in the minors can allow him to fix whatever is plaguing him.

- Kansas City Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy has been diagnosed with a grade 1 medial right hamstring strain per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star.  The right-hander suffered the injury in Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.  Right now the Royals will wait and see how he feels in a few days before deciding whether or not to put him on the DL.

- Former Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart is reportedly a part of the Romney purchase group interested in buying the Miami Marlins franchise per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.  The former Arizona general manager is just one year removed from being ousted from Arizona after a disastrous season headlined by the Diamondbacks trading former top prospect Dansby Swanson in a blockbuster package for right-hander Shelby Miller.  He would reportedly assume the head of baseball operations title if the Romney group is successful in their bid for the Marlins.

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