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Red Sox activate Joel Hanrahan, but will he resume closing?

Apr 30, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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As expected the Red Sox activated Joel Hanrahan from the disabled list after the reliever missed the past two weeks with a hamstring injury.

Hanrahan was the Red Sox’s closer at the time of the injury, but fill-in Andrew Bailey has converted five straight save chances and has a 1.46 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 12 innings overall, so not surprisingly manager John Farrell has indicated that Bailey will retain ninth-inning duties for now.

When healthy Bailey was a fantastic closer for the A’s from 2009-2011 and before the hamstring injury Hanrahan was struggling with a 11.57 ERA and more walks than strikeouts in six appearances. So whether the Red Sox plan to eventually give Hanrahan another crack at the closer job or not sticking with Bailey in the short term makes plenty of sense.

  1. pastabelly - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    They both can close. If you have to pick one, go with Bailey. They gave up Reddick to get him. May as well get some return on that one. Hanrahan is also gone after 2012. He needs to keep his nose clean if he wants any kind of free agent contract in 2014.

    • xavier46 - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      So you’re telling me that Hanrahan is already gone…

      (sigh AND face palm)

  2. melkipershero - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Why in the world would the take Bailey out of the role now? Talking about messing up a good thing.

    • thebadguyswon - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Yeah… brainer. Yer setting up, Joel.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Yet another reason to be thankful Bobby V. is nowhere near Fenway Park right now. Hanrahan would be taking Aceves’s staring spot so that Alfredo could close some games if it were up to that guy.

  3. kjericho43 - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    If Farrell puts Hanrahan anywhere near a tight game until he proves he doesn’t suck, he’s a fool.

    • kollin7 - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      That’s a bit extreme. Hanrahan has certainly proven he doesn’t suck, and I don’t have to go into specifics to prove that. Bad starts happen. Especially if he was hurt.

      • kjericho43 - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        ” if “…… on the Pirates, he’s their closer. On the Red Sox, he isn’t even their 3rd best bullpen arm. (when healthy). I’m a Red Sox fan, I want him to be effective, but he hasn’t shown it since the middle of last year.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    They need to bring Bobby Jenks back. They just haven’t been the same team without him.

    • kollin7 - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      God I hope that was just a bad joke.

    • skeleteeth - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      I think he’s on tour with Sublime or some shit so…

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Whatever he lacked in performance, he made up for with his clubhouse presence and off-the-field demeanor.

  5. 13arod - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    it is rare to see a pitcher with hamstring injury

  6. tfbuckfutter - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    I’ll take “fuck to the no” for two hundred, Alex.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Why not “Foreign F*cks”? Or is it “Flicks”?

  7. rcali - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    He looks fat in this picture. Has he really been in Boston enough to eat that much chicken and drink that much beer?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      He sure looked overweight in tonight’s game. He gave up a run in his one inning.

  8. ne1935 - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Needs to be used a few time when game is not on the line. He caught the Bard disease.

  9. scoocha - May 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Absolutely knew Boston would excel once this guy got “hurt”. When will the AL teams learn that guys like this can’t excel in competitive divisions?

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