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Joel Hanrahan to undergo season-ending surgery on flexor tendon

May 11, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

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It was pretty clear that Joel Hanrahan was dealing with a serious injury when the Red Sox moved him to the 60-day disabled list earlier this week, but now we have some clarity on the situation. And it’s not good.

According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Hanrahan confirmed this morning that he will undergo season-ending surgery on his flexor tendon. Hanrahan said that he didn’t really have a choice, as the tendon is “torn off the bone.” Ouch.

Evan Drellich of reports that Hanrahan will likely have the surgery next week. The repair of the flexor tendon will sideline him for six months, though there’s a chance he could also require Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, which would knock him out of action for at least one year.

Hanrahan was acquired from the Pirates during the offseason to serve as Boston’s closer, but he ended up posting a 9.82 ERA and 5/6 K/BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings with the club. The 31-year-old is set to hit the free agent market this winter. It’s worth noting that Mark Melancon, one of the players sent to Pittsburgh in the Hanrahan deal, has a 0.50 ERA and 18/0 K/BB ratio over 18 innings this season.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Good luck and a speedy recovery.

  2. riverace19 - May 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Melancon went from closer under intense scrutiny to a setup guy under no pressure. Hard to compare stats under opposite situations

    • andrewproughcfe - May 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      As a Pirates fan, I can tell you they don’t score enough runs to give an 8th-inning guy very many “no pressure” situations.

      Maybe “no pressure” in terms of not dealing with the local Boston “gotcha” sports media. I can see that. Pittsburgh has two newspapers, but they mostly just cover the games – they don’t try to stick a microscope up everyone’s butts like the Boston reporters. Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte won’t face allegations of steroid abuse from the local reporters if they have a hot month of June.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Another brilliant bullpen acquisition for the Red Sox.

    • sabatimus - May 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Seriously. I’m glad I won’t be seeing Hanrahan on the mound again this year.

  4. thebigtim2012 - May 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    He does appear to be extremely out of shape but I don’t think any amount of conditioning could have prevented that kind of injury. Either way what was once a deep position for us just got a lil scarier

  5. xpensivewinos - May 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I certainly did not want him to suffer a serious injury, but I am glad he won’t be pitching for the Red Sox any longer. He sucks. When Cherington misses the mark, he misses by a wide margin.

    Call the Padres about Street or Gregerson!

    • ray1950 - May 11, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Um, did it cross your mind that maybe he “sucked” because of the injury?

    • andrewproughcfe - May 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      How well would you throw a baseball if a tendon in your hand was detached from the bone?

  6. riverace19 - May 11, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Is there a new curse in Boston, the Curse of Papelbon? The BoSox closer situation has been a train wreck ever since he left.

    • bertborri - May 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM


    • biasedhomer - May 11, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      They actually have a decent closing option in Tazawa.

    • joestemme - May 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Not sure it’s worthy of the “Curse of” tag, but, yeah looks like the Sox have gotten themselves in quite a fix looking for a cheaper better option. Reminds one of the post-Nomar Shortstop roundelay. And, the SS situation STILL hasn’t been resolved – going on 10 years later!

  7. taz101 - May 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Hanrahan sure didn’t suck when he was facing your beloved Red Sox in 2011. He was dominant & the Sox best hitters looked overmatched in the two games he closed out against them.

  8. bertborri - May 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    he sucks anyway,,,,,cant stand the sox

  9. tfbuckfutter - May 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I will continue to point this out….this will be the now SIXTH player (including a non-pitcher) the Red Sox will have undergoing TJ surgery in the last 2 years.

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

    • js20011041 - May 11, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      I’d say it’s just bad luck. Pitchers get hurt. We don’t know when and we don’t know why. If the Red Sox had an unusual number of players having setbacks during recovery from injury, then I think you could start scrutinizing the training staff more closely.

      As far as the team goes, do you think they’ve learned not to trade for relievers yet? Lowrie for Melancon: terrible trade. Reddick for Bailey: terrible trade. Melancon, Pimental, Sands, etc for Hanrahan: terrible trade. Stop it!

      • tfbuckfutter - May 12, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        You mean an unusual number of setbacks like all the players they have constantly coming back from injury and then going right the fuck back on the DL for more severe injuries?

        Like…you know….Joel Hanrahan.

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