MLB News: Tuesday the Boston Red Sox placed relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan on the 15-day disabled list due to a sore right hamstring. The move is retroactive to April 14.
Fantasy Ramifications: Hanrahan, who has pitched for the Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox in his career had a terrific 2011 and 2012 season as the Pirates closer in which he totaled 76 saves while striking out more than one batter per inning, while keeping his earned run average below 3.00. Those are number that scream fantasy gem, yet with the hamstring injury hindering his effectiveness on the mound, he has had a very dissapointing first year in the American League.
Look for Andrew Bailey to continue to act as the Boston closer until Hanrahan is healthy enough to take that role. Bailey is an excellent short-term option for any fantasy team that is in need of a closer.
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