WASHINGTON — The Red Sox are now hopeful Steven Wright will come off the disabled list before the All-Star break. They’re also prepared to activate Tyler Thornburg from the disabled list.
Wright threw a short bullpen session at Yankee Stadium on Sunday and remained in New York on Monday to be examined by his knee surgeon, Dr. Riley Williams III, at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Williams administered a platelet-rich plasma injection, a procedure that helped Wright significantly in April.
Wright then traveled to Washington to rejoin the team and will continue his throwing program.
Wright was 2-1 with a 3.38 earned run average in 10 games, four of them starts, before he went to the DL with inflammation in his left knee.
“He should be fine . . . things are trending in the right direction,” manager Alex Cora said before the Sox beat the Washington Nationals, 4-3.
Cora said it was probable Wright would return in the next two weeks.
“[Sunday] was a big step for him to get on the mound,” Cora said. “I’m not saying that’s 100 percent but there might be a chance.”
Thornburg could be put on the active roster for the first time as a member of the Sox on Tuesday or Wednesday. He has been deemed ready nearly 13 months after having shoulder surgery. Thornburg has not pitched in the majors since the end of the 2016 season when he was with Milwaukee.
“We feel pretty good where he’s at right now,” Cora said.
The news was certainly not as promising for Drew Pomeranz.
The lefthander made his first rehabilitation start for Triple A Pawtucket and allowed four home runs in 2⅔ innings.
Facing Rochester at McCoy Stadium, Pomeranz allowed a home run by Byron Buxton leading off the game then a two-run shot by Kennys Vargas later in the inning.
Pomeranz, who is on the DL with biceps tendinitis, threw 34 of 56 pitches for strikes. He was charged with five earned runs with two walks and two strikeouts.
Pomeranz told reporters in Pawtucket that he felt fine.
“I’m just trying to get ready for big-league games,” he said. “Just trying to get the things polished up I think I need to get ready to be back.”
Pomeranz likely will need a few more minor league games before being activated.
Dustin Pedroia, who also had knee surgery done by Williams, is staying in New York this week to get treatment and rehab work. There is no timetable for his return other than it will clearly be no time soon.
Pool is open
In 2015, the Red Sox signed outfielder Lorenzo Cedrola from Venezuela. On Monday, they traded him to the Cincinnati Reds for international amateur signing bonus pool space.
Translation: They traded an international prospect for money to sign what they hope will be a better international prospect. The signing period started Monday.
Cedrola played parts of four seasons with the Sox and this year hit .318 with a .776 OPS for Single A Greenville.
Per Baseball America and MLB.com, the Sox added approximately a dozen players on the first day. The top player appeared to be outfielder Eduardo Lopez of the Dominican Republic. He agreed to a $1.15 million bonus.
Lopez is a 16-year-old switch-hitting center fielder from Santiago. He is considered one of the better hitters in this class.
The Sox also signed well-regarded outfielders Bryan Gonzalez ($500,000) and Giancarlos Santana ($460,000) from the Dominican.
Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez continue to lead at their respective positions in the All-Star voting.
Betts has 3.1 million votes, by far the most among outfielders. Mike Trout of the Angels is second with 2.6 million. Betts was an All-Star the last two seasons.
Andrew Benintendi is sixth and Jackie Bradley Jr. 12th in the outfield.
Martinez is swamping the field at designated hitter. He has 2.2 million votes with Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees second with 977,274. Martinez was an All-Star reserve in 2015.
Mitch Moreland is third in what is a weak field for American League first basemen. Jose Abreu of the White Sox leads at that position.
Online voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday. The teams will be announced Sunday. Player balloting and choices made by MLB will determine the pitchers and reserves.
Cuevas gets call
The Sox added righthander William Cuevas to the roster for could be a short stay. Righthander Justin Haley was optioned to Pawtucket. To make room for Cuevas on the 40-man roster, Carson Smith was shifted to the 60-day disabled list. He is recovering from shoulder surgery and out for the season.
Chris Sale was named the American League pitcher of the month. He had a 1.76 earned run average and 60 strikeouts over 41 innings and six starts. It was the third Pitcher of the Month award in his career and the first for a Red Sox pitcher since Rick Porcello in September 2016. The National League winner was Jon Lester of the Cubs. He was 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA in five starts . . . Blake Swihart played two innings at second base during Sunday night’s 11-1 loss against the Yankees. “First time doing that ever in my life,” he said. Swihart ably turned a 5-4-3 double play to end the eighth inning . . . Michael Chavis, once considered a top prospect before being suspended 80 games for using performance-enhancing drugs, played his first game of the season. He started at third base for Single A Lowell . . . The teams will wear special stars-and-stripes accented uniforms and gear for the series with Independence Day being Wednesday . . . Nationals Park is surely the only one in the majors where the bookshelf in the visiting manager’s office has books written by Alan Greenspan and Tim Russert.