Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14
5:10 p.m.: Joel Hanrahan visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his throwing arm on Friday. The right-hander is dealing with an injury to his flexor muscle tendon, and he’ll be out at least two months after being transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. There is a possibility that Hanrahan’s season is over, but manager John Farrell said that no decision has been made on what course the reliever will take. Hanrahan could decide to go a conservative route, which would involve rest and rehab, in an effort to pitch again this season, or he could decide that season-ending surgery is the best option. We should know more in the coming days. 5:05 p.m.: The Red Sox will roll out a pretty standard lineup in the series opener. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get the start behind the plate with Jon Lester on the hill. Red Sox (21-14) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Daniel Nava, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Will Middlebrooks, 3B Stephen Drew, SS Jon Lester, LHP (4-0, 3.30 ERA) Blue Jays (13-23) Rajai Davis, DH Melky Cabrera, LF Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B J.P. Arencibia, C Mark DeRosa, 2B Brett Lawrie, 3B Colby Rasmus, CF Maicer Izturis, SS Ramon Ortiz, RHP (0-0, 5.40 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox are suddenly a tough team to put a finger on. One week ago, they were considered to be one of baseball’s best clubs. Now, they’ve lost six of their last seven games, and there are serious questions in multiple areas. Boston’s bullpen is a bit banged up, the defense has been awful and the offense has been inconsistent. Fortunately for the Red Sox, they’re welcoming the last-place Blue Jays into town for a three-game weekend set. The Jays hold a 13-23 record, and they’ve been a train wreck this season. It could be a good opportunity for the Red Sox to get back on the winning path, especially since they’ve already taken four of six from Toronto this season. Friday’s action will kick off at 7:10 p.m. Jon Lester will toe the rubber for the Sox.
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