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Red Sox transfer Joel Hanrahan to the 60-day disabled list

May 9, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Even before Hanrahan’s meeting with Dr. James Andrews the Red Sox are placing him on the 60-day disabled list, which means no matter what the exam finds he won’t be eligible to pitch again until July. It’s an unusual move, at least timing-wise, and certainly suggests the Red Sox think he’s seriously injured.


On the disabled list with a strained right forearm, Red Sox right-hander Joel Hanrahan is scheduled to be examined further by Dr. James Andrews on Friday.

That’s obviously not a good sign and Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that Hanrahan is worried the injury is “more serious than originally thought” because his elbow remains “bruised and badly discolored.”

Hanrahan’s medical info has also been sent to Dr. David Altchek, who frequently performs Tommy John surgery on pitchers as well. For now at least the initial MRI exam revealed no structural damage.

This is Hanrahan’s second disabled list stint in six weeks, but the first was due to a hamstring injury. In between he’s thrown 7.1 innings with a 9.82 ERA and more walks (6) than strikeouts (5).

  1. proudlycanadian - May 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I wish him good luck. I do not wish Tommy John surgery on any pitcher.

    • uyf1950 - May 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      I agree you hate to see any one go down with an injury especially one that could take him out for the entire season.
      On a side comment though that trade which was primarily Hanrahan for Melancon is looking a lot more one sided in favor of the Pirates then ever.

      • drone501 - May 10, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        well that certainly worked out well for the pirates

    • theskinsman - May 10, 2013 at 3:28 AM

      See you next season. Hope he can recover and pitch again.

  2. modellforprez - May 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    agreed uyf1950 Melancon is lights out. and The Hammer cant stay on the field. whoever dealt with neal huntingdon to make that trade thank you

  3. modellforprez - May 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    they can have jerry sand bags back

  4. evanwins - May 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Red Sox had 1 closer healthy and 1 getting healthy.
    The 1 got healthy and came back, so they had 2 closers.
    Then, almost immediately, they lost the original 1 healthy closer.
    No problem though, right, they still have the newly healthy one.
    Then, the newly healthy 1 gets hurt.
    Now they have no closer.

    This all happened within the span of, what, 3 days? It almost seemed like the same show that talked about having too many closers ended their broadcast talking about them NOT having a closer.

  5. kjericho43 - May 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    “It’s an unusual move, at least timing-wise, and certainly suggests the Red Sox think he’s seriously injured.”

    ….or that they don’t want him pitching again this season no matter what Dr. Andrews says.

  6. realgone2 - May 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Note to self – Avoid Pirates’ Closers

  7. turdfurgerson68 - May 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    The trade was good; Melacon was an an absolute disaster last season (but it is fair toask: how much was it related to Valentines awful mgmt).

    Most Sox fans were more concerned to see Stolmy Peimenthel traded, not Melancon.

    Injuries happen (ask Yankee fans). Sox just need to relax and play.

  8. xpensivewinos - May 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Pretty sure the Padres have already been mathematically eliminated.

    Time to get on the horn and inquire about Huston Street…..

  9. tfbuckfutter - May 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    How many more Sox does this have to happen to before someone actually notices how often it is happening?

    This is the 6th player (assuming he ends up getting TJ) from the Sox in the last 2 or so years (including a positional player). Not to mention other guys with injuries that turn out way way worse than they initially appear (Ellsbury, Ortiz….)

    There is something wrong with the medical staff or the training staff.

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