Wright returns to Hawaii, prepares for 4th season with Red Sox

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For just the third time since being drafted out of the University of Hawaii in 2006, former Rainbow baseball All-American Steven Wright is back in the Aloha State.

The 31-year-old knuckle-baller is preparing for his fourth season with the Red Sox, where he is expected to compete for a spot in Boston’s rotation this season.

“I’m still fighting to make the team and stay on the team,” Wright said. “Right now I’ve got my feet wet, so now I can just go out there and work on throwing quality pitches in the zone.”

Wright enjoyed his longest stint in the Major Leagues in 2015, having gone 5-4 with a 4.19 earned run average and 52 strikeouts in 72 innings pitched.

As the first Rainbow pitcher to reach the show since Dusty Bergman in 2004, Wright takes great pride in carrying the flag for UH’s storied pitching history in the majors.

“I love it man, I definitely let everyone know,” he said. “I know the University of Hawaii doesn’t have a huge baseball program, but it produces a lot of good ballplayers, not even just the program, but the state. I loved it here, I still love it here. I wish I could live here but it’s just a little hard for us now.”

Wright is scheduled to play in the Shane Victorino Foundation charity golf tournament on Feb. 1 at Kapolei Golf Club.

Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to Ft. Myers, Fla. for spring training on Feb. 18.

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