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Red Sox place closer Joel Hanrahan on disabled list

Apr 16, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Joel Hanrahan initially hoped to return after just a few days, but the Red Sox have placed him on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

That means Andrew Bailey should get a two-week look in the closer role, which began yesterday with him blowing a one-run lead against the Rays and ending up with the win when the Red Sox scored in the bottom of the ninth.

Career minor leaguer Steven Wright–not to be confused with the stand-up comedian–is coming up from Triple-A to take Hanrahan’s spot on the roster and in the bullpen. Wright is 28 years old with seven seasons and 710 innings of experience in the minors, but the right-hander doesn’t figure to have a role much bigger than middle relief.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    The Red Sox catch a break with Hanrahan going on the DL; however, Bailey is not the best closer prospect in that bullpen.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      He looked good against the Jays; but then again so did most of the Red Sox pitching staff.

      He’ll be nack soon…and the rest of the AL East will tremble.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        I’m sorry I couldn’t help but laugh when I read your comment.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Red Sox are laughing too…laughing while sitting in 1st place.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        turd, are they really laughing? I think they are probably more surprised then anyone. Anyway no deny it they have played well so far. But a wise person once said it’s a very long season and where a team is on April 16 isn’t nearly as important as where it is on September 30. It would be a shame if all this Red Sox bravado this early in the season only found them in the cellar on September 30.

      • scoocha - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Hanrahan is awful, you’ll be better off without him.

      • scoocha - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Boston Red Sox, MLB’s premier franchise – 2 championships in 95 years. New England, the land of delusional fans.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        True Sox fans are not surprised by their hot start at all.

        Last year was an anomaly; big time injuries and a hated manager.

        The Sox terrible 2012 season was negatively overhyped; barring injury they’re top team in the AL East in 2013.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        turd, was the Sox terrible Sept. 2011 negatively over hyped? BTW way my friend as for your comment about team injuries for the Sox for 2012. You might want to read this link and see the graph. Yes the Sox had a lot of injuries but so did other teams as you will see. As they say good teams find a way to win bad teams find a way to lose.

        http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/eye-on-baseball/20595588/most-injuryriddled-team-in-2012-the-san-diego-padres

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        You have a fine sense of humor.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Man, aside from Papelbon it seems like the Sox have never been able to find a consistent closer for more than one season.

    And since letting Pap’s walk we can’t even get one season anymore.

    • 2077james - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      I think letting him walk i.e. not paying him what the Phillies did was a smart move.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        I agree (to an extent….I mean, it obviously wouldn’t have been the worst money they spent under Theo….it would have been far less crippling)….

        But at the same time….they haven’t been able to find a closer worth half a shit since then (and they struggled to find them before him too).

        Honestly, I was never in favor of Papelbon being a closer to begin with though, because I thought he’d be a solid starter which is a lot more valuable….

    • 18thstreet - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Good lord, you hate the Red Sox.

      Papelbon was with the team in 2011, and having a great closer did not help stave off the collapse. In fact, it was a great example of why teams should spend money on starting pitching instead of relievers — even great relievers. In 2012, the Phillies gave him a pile of money so they could finish in the same third place (out of the playoffs) that the 2011 Red Sox did.

      The Red Sox have had just as much trouble finding first basemen since Papelbon left as closers. Such is the nature of baseball in the post-Messersmith era. Get over it.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Look at the Sox history (at least the last 20 years or so).

        They can’t rely on a closer for more than one season. Slocumb, Gordon, Foulke, Kim, Lowe, Urbina…..it’s been a revolving door of great expectations and ultimate shortcomings.

        Being able to see flaws instead of putting on rose-colored glasses doesn’t mean one hates a team.

  3. uyf1950 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Don’t worry fans of other AL teams. As the saying goes “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Hanrahan goes on the DL, Lackey avoids the DL and should be ready to favor the AL with his presence on the mound.

  4. hitdog042 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    scoocha
    Apr 16, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT
    Boston Red Sox, MLB’s premier franchise – 2 championships in 95 years. New England, the land of delusional fans.

    Or 2 in the last 9 years. Dork.

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