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Red Sox put Joel Hanrahan on DL, call up Allen Webster, demote Felix Doubront to bullpen

May 7, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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Joel Hanrahan exited Monday night’s game with a strained forearm and the Red Sox have placed him on the disabled list. Manager John Farrell has already said that Junichi Tazawa, not Koji Uehara, will serve as the fill-in closer with both Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey on the shelf.

And to add another arm to the pitching staff the Red Sox called up prospect Allen Webster, who made his MLB debut on April 21 with a Quality Start against the Royals before being optioned back to the minors. He’ll start Wednesday versus the Twins, which means left-hander Felix Doubront is headed to the bullpen–perhaps only temporarily–after posting a 5.67 ERA through five starts.

Webster, a hard-throwing right-hander who was acquired from the Dodgers as part of last year’s Adrian Gonzalez/Carl Crawford blockbuster, ranked as a top 50 prospect according to Baseball America and was off to a strong start at Triple-A. Doubront had a solid first full season for Boston last year, throwing 161 innings with a 4.86 ERA and 167 strikeouts, but has struggled to consistently throw strikes.

Oh, and Alfredo Aceves remains at Triple-A.

  1. drewsylvania - May 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Exactly what they should do. Bravo that they relegated Doubront. Needed to happen, and Webster looks ready.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Allen Webster? Was Daniel Webster not available?

    • buggieowens - May 7, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      More silly comments like that and Mr. Lahey is going to throw you out of Sunnyvale Trailer Park.

  3. kjericho43 - May 7, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Totally awesome move.
    1 Doubront has been sucking and maybe can succeed out of the pen
    2 Webster looks better
    3 Aceves is still insane

    • proudlycanadian - May 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      I agree with #3 and #1. I would still prefer Daniel Webster. Dan could get any team out of trouble without even throwing a pitch.

      • xavier46 - May 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        In that case, I guess the Blue Jays should give him a call.

      • proudlycanadian - May 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        Unfortunately, Dan is tied to New England.

      • rje49 - May 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        Had to give you at one thumbs up. Daniel Webster was born just a few miles from here, so I know he’s a good guy.

      • proudlycanadian - May 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        I have been to the Webster homestead and his brother Ezekiel was buried across the street from the house my ex grew up in.

      • rje49 - May 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        On North Rd.?

      • proudlycanadian - May 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        I do not remember. It has been several years.

  4. blabidibla - May 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    CBS is reporting the Sox plan on only using Webster for one start, then Felix will regain his starting job.

    by Bill Passonno |
    (04:28 pm ET) The Red Sox bumped Felix Doubront to the bullpen and promoted pitcher Allen Webster from Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday in order to start Wednesday’s game against Minnesota, the Providence Journal reports. Webster, who made his major-league debut last month, is expected to be used for only one start with Doubront jumping back into the rotation for the next turn.

    • drewsylvania - May 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      I hope this is wrong. For me, Webster should start unless he’s terrible. He’s a good prospect and has better stuff than Doubront anyway.

  5. sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    So, Quality Start is now capitalized? Yeah, any performance with a 4.50 ERA threshold really deserves to be lauded.

    • skeleteeth - May 8, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      6 IP
      5 H
      2 ER
      1 BB
      5 K

      That’s a 3.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP and a QS.

  6. @Cereal_22 - May 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    This is where the Sox sink, break out the fried chicken & beer Papi

  7. scoocha - May 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    This is only going to help Boston. As expected, looks like Hanrahan has made the transition from top AAAA closer to AL punching bag.

  8. buccobrigade - May 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Thanks Red Sox.


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