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Junichi Tazawa is going to be the Red Sox’ closer

May 7, 2013, 2:02 PM EST

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John Farrell was on MLB Network Radio today and was asked about his closer situation, what with Joel Hanrahan leaving Monday’s game with forearm soreness:

“We’d look to close Tazawa, keep Koji in the 8th inning role. Fortunately we have some depth internally”

Koji being Koji Uehara, of course, who many probably assumed would be next in line for ninth inning duties. But nope.

For what it’s worth, Tazawa is striking out 11.3 batters per nine innings without walking too many dudes. There’s no reason to think he couldn’t handle it.

  1. baseballisboring - May 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I didn’t like the Hanrahan pickup to begin with. Too many walks…Tazawa is becoming a monster though.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    He should have no problem as long as he continues to touch that magic spot that he has on his left forearm. Who knows if there is any illegal substance there; however, his habit of touching his left forearm is curious.

    • buggieowens - May 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Good thing you’re on the case.

      • proudlycanadian - May 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        The devil made me do it.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 7, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        David Stern?

    • proudlycanadian - May 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      John Henry rather than David Stern.

  3. kjericho43 - May 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Hanrahan = Bobby Jenks redux?

  4. Glenn - May 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Why do managers need lock-step roles for the pen? What’s wrong with going by match up and situations? I think the closer role is silly as it is, but when you have two and lose them both, why not think a little and be flexible?

    • cktai - May 8, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      But you have saves! Who will pick up the saves! Won’t anyone think of the saves :cry:

  5. beast2727 - May 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Asian swag

  6. mazblast - May 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    As an Uehara owner, I knew it would be Tazawa. However, I can’t argue with the pick, the guy is very good and Farrell is much more in tune with his players than any of us.

    • cktai - May 8, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      Join a league with holds :D

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