Morning sports update: Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright arrested for domestic assault

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Starting pitcher Steven Wright walks away from the mound in the first inning after giving up a three-run homer to Orioles' Trey Mancini. –John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

The Celtics avenged their loss against the Pistons and are set to continue their 12-game stretch over 19 days against the Bulls Monday night.

Steven Wright arrested for domestic assault: Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested following an incident with his wife, Shannon, in their Nashville home Friday night. Wright is being charged with domestic assault and prevention of a 911 call.

According to police records, the 33-year-old was taken into custody at 9:25 p.m. before getting released the next morning upon posting a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 21.

The Red Sox right-hander declined to comment Sunday, but his attorney, Alex Little, released a statement on behalf of the Wright family.


“On Friday night, Steven was arrested at our home following a verbal argument, and the police charged him with domestic assault,’’ it read. “Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident, and the situation was purely emotional. We are working together as a family to make our relationships stronger, and we ask that you respect our privacy as we do so.’’

Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg released a statement on behalf of the team.

“We are aware of the incident involving Steven,” it read. “This is certainly a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously. It is my understanding that both local police and Major League Baseball are looking into this and for that reason the club won’t have any further comment at this time.’’

Wright pitched in five games last season, earning a 1-3 record with an 8.25 ERA and 13 strikeouts. His year was cut short due to left knee surgery. In 2016, he started 24 games, earning a 13-6 record with a 3.33 ERA and 127 strikeouts. He was also named an American League All-Star.

Since the league’s domestic violence policy was instituted in 2015, five individuals have been suspended under the new rules. The first player to be penalized was Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who was suspended 30 games. Other punishments have ranged from 15 to 82 games.


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