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Red Sox Release Former All-Star Knuckleballer Steven Wright

TORONTO, ON - JULY 03:  Steven Wright #35 of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch in the eighth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on July 03, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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It appears that a PED suspension and domestic violence incident is too much for a 35-year-old pitcher with an 8.53 ERA for the season to overcome.

The Boston Red Sox have already started to clean house in order to remove the stink of their disappointing 2019 campaign, and one of the front office's first orders of business has been to release declining knuckleball righty Steven Wright after seven seasons with the team.

Wright broke out with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts in 2016, earning an All-Star nod in the process, but his professional career has been a major downward slide ever since then. Left knee surgery ended his 2017 season after just five games and an 8.25 ERA. In 2018, Wright was suspended 15 games for violating the MLB's personal conduct policy after he was arrested for domestic assault in late 2017.

Wright, who was suspended 80 games for using a performance-enhancing drug known as GHRP-2, made only six appearances this season, logging a total of 6.1 innings.

With two suspensions, declining performance on the mound, and the fact that he'll be 36 next season taken into consideration, this might be the last we see of Wright as a proper big league starter.