No matter what the traditional 'baseball book' says about how you never pinch-run with a reliever, this decision is looking worse the more you dig into the details. When asked, Wright said he hadn't run the bases since 2003 or 2004. That is when he was in high school or starting college baseball.
When pushed on why he lead off so far that a head first dive back to the bag was necessary, we really see how bad the choice to use Wright was. He stated, "I wasn't going to try to score like other hitters would on a single, I wanted to make sure I had a good enough secondary where if it's a double, I could score."
This has so far not resulted in a stint on the disabled list, but it could. It has already resulted in removal from the starting rotation and put Buchholz back in, something that has been avoided for obvious reasons.
Do you cross your fingers that Wright is back next start?
Do you cross your fingers that playing this game by the traditional 'baseball book' does not results in the loss of the Red Sox ace?
Do you cross your fingers that next time the Red Sox need a pinch-runner that they do look to the bullpen?
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell