In a somewhat surprising move, the Red Sox chose not to put knuckleballer Steven Wright on their World Series roster but instead added lefty Drew Pomeranz, who was inactive for the first two postseason rounds.
Wright became a weapon out of the bullpen for Boston in September, posting a 0.66 ERA in 10 outings. Heading into the playoffs, manager Alex Cora said multiple times that Wright could play a pivotal role.
The righty was on the American League Division Series roster for one day, but he had to be taken off when he experienced discomfort in his surgically repaired right knee in the hours leading up to Game 1 against the Yankees.
By rule, that made Wright ineligible for the AL Championship Series, but he remained in play for the Fall Classic. Wright tried to prove his health by throwing to hitters and participating in fielding drills on Sunday, but it proved not to be enough for the Red Sox to trust he could stay healthy for the World Series. Wright is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee in the near future.
For the third straight round, the Sox are going with 11 pitchers and 14 position players. Pomeranz replaces Brandon Workman, who got belted around in Game 1 of the ALCS and didn't pitch again in the series.
Pomeranz gives the Red Sox an extra left-hander in the bullpen in addition to Eduardo Rodriguez. Pomeranz could match up against Los Angeles' lefty bats or provide some length out of the bullpen.
Here is a look at Cora's 25-man unit for the World Series.
Jackie Bradley Jr.