Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright addressed his December 8 arrest for domestic assault for the first time.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Steven Wright addressed his December 8 arrest for domestic assault for the first time on Wednesday.

Wright was arrested after an incident with his wife, Shannon, at his offseason home in Tennessee.

"It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night," Wright said. "It definitely got escalated in that one particular night. We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it. We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard, because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight."

Wright said on multiple occasions that he never made physical contact with his wife on the night in question, and that he is eager to be able to fully tell his side of the story.

"That’s probably the hardest thing, for me to sit there and see people talk about being a wife-beater and all that stuff and I didn’t even make physical contact," he said. "That’s pretty much all I’m really allowed to say right now, because I want to honor MLB and their investigation."

The charge of domestic assault can be levied both in instances in which a family member has caused bodily injury or when he or she has caused "reasonable fear of bodily injury."

A previous statement from Wright's family said the pitcher "said things he deeply regrets" that night.

Wright's case was officially retired by the state of Tennessee in December, and the charge can be dropped after 12 months without an additional offense. Major League Baseball is still investigating the matter, and a disciplinary suspension is possible.

Five major-leaguers have been suspended by the league since it instituted a domestic-violence policy in 2015. Those suspensions have ranged from 15 games (Jeurys Familia) to 82 games (Hector Olivera).

"Things happen. Sometimes it’s unfortunate, but when you’re in the limelight like we are, things get magnified," Wright said. "When you hear something like that, you definitely always expect the worst. It’s been a humbling experience. There are some things personally that I’ve got to work on, that can help not only in my relationship with my wife and my family but in baseball and life in general."


New approach for Sale

Chris Sale's first spring training pitch a year ago clocked in at 97 mph.

Don't expect that again in 2018.

In analyzing his 2017 season, Sale and the Red Sox have decided to use spring training more as a build-up period than they did a year ago — when Sale came out firing from the very start. The hope is that the lefty can maintain his peak form for longer this year than last, when his results dipped from August onward. That continued a career-long trend for Sale.

"Once I got home and reflected on the season, it was like, 'All right, something needs to change,'" Sale said Wednesday. "It's kind of weird doing something different than I've ever done. But I have faith and trust in everyone here and in myself to see this process through and make sure we're on the positive side of things."

Sale was light on details of how exactly he'd be building up this spring compared to others. Late-season fades have dogged him throughout his career, and he expressed confidence throughout last season that he and the Sox had taken the proper steps to prevent one.

"For me, it's trusting the process, trusting the big picture and knowing if [Alex Cora] takes me out after the fifth or sixth inning, he's not picking on me," Sale said. "He's doing what's best for the team, and I have 100 percent faith in the coaching staff to get this done."

— Tim Britton writes for the Providence Journal of GateHouse Media.