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Now three days after walking off the mound with a strained right forearm, closer Joel Hanrahan continues to feel so much soreness that he’s having trouble gripping a baseball.
And so the Red Sox are seeking the opinions of two noted orthopedic surgeons.
The images from Hanrahan’s MRI exam have been sent to Dr. James Andrews and Dr. David Altchek. Based on the findings of the Sox’ medical staff, the MRI didn’t indicate structural damage to the elbow but confirmed a strain of the flexor mass, where the tendon meets the joint.
According to Hanrahan, there’s some question over whether the damaged tendon has been protecting the ligament as it’s supposed to. If the ligament has been affected, surgery may be a possibility, although the Sox hope that is an extreme scenario.
“That’s one of the things they’re looking at, to see how that ligament looks,” Hanrahan said. “I think you could probably go through this clubhouse and look at everybody’s ligament and it’s not going to be like a 12-year-old’s ligament. So that’s one thing they’ll look at, to see if that ligament has been compromised.”
The Red Sox expect to hear from Andrews and Altchek today. In the meantime, Hanrahan has been icing his arm and riding the exercise bike.
We all knew there would be a point in the season when Andrew Bailey would miss some time due to injury. Possibly extended time. And, that has happened.
Joel Hanrahan sucked a bit, missed some time, Andrew Bailey impressed, Hanrahan returned to eventually get his job back, now Junichi Tazawa is the man in the 9th inning. No one expected this situation.
Now Dr. James Andrews is in the picture, even though he is the best in the biz, we shouldn't expect a good outcome in terms of a timely return. This injury is worse than initially thought and the Sox are down both of their closers.
I guess losing 2 closers doesn't matter much because we haven't seen many save situations lately. This team is looking awful.
Related: Globe: Hanrahan seeking a second opinion | WEEI: Dr. James Andrews looking at Joel Hanrahan's arm images |
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