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Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan confirmed that he will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon muscle in his right arm. He's also not out of the woods for possible Tommy John surgery, either.
Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery. It will be determined then if Hanrahan also needs Tommy John surgery for his ulnar collateral ligament. The recovery time is about 6-9 months for the flexor surgery. Tommy John surgery would mean a year away.
"Initially, I thought there might be a decision to make, then after talking with him (Andrews), he basically walked in, looked at my arm, touched it and said it really wasn't a decision. I think the flexor pretty much tore right off the bone. So it wasn't really a decision, it was just a matter of what kind of surgery it was going to be and as of now, it's going to be the flexor," Hanrahan said.
"When he gets in there and takes a look, it could be worse, it could be not as bad, but that's kind of where we're at right now."
Globe: Joel Hanrahan out for season
Well folks, we may have seen the last of Joel Hanrahan in a Red Sox uniform. Hanrahan will be a free-agent after the 2013 season. The Sox may want to bring him back, but will he be damaged goods? Will that be an injury that will be an issue in the future?
The Sox are again without a closer, which is a prreeettyyy important position to have a healthy arm. Junichi Tazawa isn't going to be the guy...clearly.
The Sox are running low on options. Making a trade would wear their offense thin. The bullpen needs the help, so there is no taking away from there. Don't even think about touching the starting rotation.
Andrew Bailey's biceps better heal quickly, but he'll probably end up on the DL again. The Sox are screwed.
Related: Herald: Notebook: Joel Hanrahan's year ends |
The rest of the links:
Herald: Sox can't finish up | Chamberlain scolds Rivera before Yankees game | AL roundup: Johnson sent back to Triple-A after loss to Twins | Hot streaks | Best of show | Ortiz hit list | Pure and simple: Ortiz is a hitting machine | WEEI: David Ortiz to Dan Shaughnessy: 'Look who it is' | Red Sox lineup: Ortiz out, Mike Napoli at designated hitter | ESPN Boston: Sox struggling in RISP situations | Buehrle a bit better than Buchholz | Middlebrooks diary: Battling stumps