Red Sox closer Hanrahan hits the DL

4/16/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

April 13, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan (52) walks to the dugout after being relieved during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY SportsWhen the Boston Red Sox traded for Joel Hanrahan this past offseason, they were certainly expecting a better start to the season than he has had. Fortunately, the Red Sox believe his struggles are a result of a hamstring injury he has been dealing with, and have placed him on the 15-day disabled list to get fully healthy.

After two dominant seasons with the Pirates (2.24 ERA, 76 saves, two All-Star selections), Hanrahan has not been his usual self in his past three appearances. During those appearances, Hanrahan has posted a 32.40 ERA and a blown save. In his most recent outing, he walked two batters without recording an out.

"I'm fighting some things with my mechanics and my legs, and it's just something that I got to work on," Hanrahan said. Rather than send a gimpy pitcher on the mound and risk further injury, the Red Sox decided their safest bet is to let Hanrahan rest and come back with fresh legs. Hanrahan also suggested that he is better in warm weather, and the weather should be nicer by the time his stint on the DL is over.

While Hanrahan is unavailable, former Oakland A's closer Andrew Bailey will take over the ninth inning duties. Bailey has posted a 1.69 ERA so far this season with nine strikeouts in only 5.1 innings. He is a must-own player in fantasy leagues.

Steven Wright has been called up from the minors to take Hanrahan's spot on the active roster. A minor leaguer since 2007, Wright has posted a 3.89 ERA during his seven seasons on the farm. He has a 2.70 ERA over ten innings this year with Triple-A Pawtucket.
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