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Joel Hanrahan converts save with Andrew Bailey unavailable due to biceps soreness

May 2, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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When Joel Hanrahan was activated from the disabled list earlier this week, Red Sox manager John Farrell decided to stick with Andrew Bailey in the closer role. That arrangement didn’t last long, as Hanrahan converted the save in tonight’s 3-1 win over the Blue Jays because Bailey was unavailable due to biceps soreness.

Bailey told Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal that he initially felt symptoms during his last appearance on Sunday, but they were still present during his bullpen session yesterday. He called the issue “minor,” so the hope is that he’ll be ready to return to game action within the next couple of days.

Bailey has a 1.46 ERA, five saves and a 20/4 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings this season. The 28-year-old right-hander made 13 appearances in April, his most in any month since May of 2010. While he’s one of the best relievers in the game when healthy, he hasn’t thrown more than 49 innings in a season since he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award with the A’s in 2009.

  1. theskinsman - May 3, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    And the Red Sox just keep winning, and despite the lack of interest by HBT bloggers, continue to be in 1st place. Not bad for a team many picked to be at the bottom. There should be a story in there someplace..

    • redguy12588 - May 3, 2013 at 6:25 AM

      The poor small market Red Sox, hailing from the tiny community of Boston. Overcoming such long odds and beating evil empires like the rays and blue jays. We’re all rooting for you!

      • aceshigh11 - May 3, 2013 at 6:42 AM

        It’s not about that.

        Big-market, high-payroll teams can suck too (see: Angels, Dodgers).

        Most baseball fans, and even many Red Sox fans, expected NOTHING from the Red Sox this year.

        So yes, it is a story…just not the red herring you’re raising.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 3, 2013 at 6:34 AM

      I’m a D

      • jcmeyer10 - May 3, 2013 at 7:03 AM

        Tried posting from my mobile.

    • tfbuckfutter - May 3, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      I’ve seen at least one post almost every day dedicated specifically to the Red Sox or an individual Red Sox performance.

      The goddamn ROYALS are in first place in their division and we really don’t hear anything about that.

      The Rockies too.

      • theskinsman - May 5, 2013 at 3:45 AM

        So they are. But I’ve been a die hard Sox fan for decades and if there were only Red Sox stories,I’d be OK with that.
        Besides, who knows how long this run will last.? Gotta have fun with it!

    • baseballbum - May 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Please, after all of the “stories” with Bobby Valentine, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, chicken and beer, we do not need another story. How about just enjoying winning baseball from a team that is rediscovering how to win games – Great pitching, clutch hitting, defense. If there was not one story all year and they continued to play like this I would be thrilled.

  2. citynative - May 3, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Please tell me Red Sox fans are not complaining about a lack of coverage?

    • Glenn - May 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Please don’t confuse singlular with plural. Most of us BoSox fans know that we get more than our fair share of baseball coverage. Best record in baseball? – I’m still pinching myself. Good to see the breaks going our way this year. The Yankees are the more amazing story to me, though, along with the Royals and Rockies.

  3. thebigtim2012 - May 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    I do see plenty of sox columns on here. There is no denying we didn’t expect much at all from the boys this year, and a smoking hot start to the year is nice but I will be truly surprised if come September we are still playing like this

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