5:25 p.m.: There were some brief downpours over at Fenway Park. Now, it appears to just be drizzling a bit. Either way, it’s overcast and the tarp is on the field. Hopefully this all clears up.
5:20 p.m.: While Hanrahan’s injury is the big story over at Fenway, there is a bit of good news for the Red Sox. Will Middlebrooks and David Ross will both be in the starting lineup.
Middlebrooks and Ross left Tuesday’s game after colliding while chasing a popup in foul territory. Both players sat out Wednesday’s game, but neither player’s injury is serious enough to keep him out of Thursday’s contest. Middlebrooks will play third base and bat seventh, while Ross will catch and bat ninth.
The rest of Thursday’s lineups are below.
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Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Daniel Nava, LF
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Stephen Drew, SS
David Ross, C
John Lackey, RHP (1-2, 3.52 ERA)
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Josh Willingham, LF
Justin Morneau, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Ryan Doumit, DH
Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Aaron Hicks, CF
Pedro Florimon, SS
Kevin Correia (3-2, 2.83 ERA)
5:15 p.m.: The Red Sox announced some alarming news. Joel Hanrahan has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The reliever was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a right forearm strain, but it’s apparently much worse than originally anticipated.
Hanrahan will not only miss at least two months, but he is set to visit Dr. James Andrews on Friday. That doesn’t guarantee his season is over, but a visit to Dr. Andrews is never a good sign for a pitcher. Manager John Farrell said he’s still hopeful that Hanrahan can return this season, but the possibility of surgery — perhaps Tommy John — is there.
The Red Sox added pitcher Jose De La Torre to the 40-man roster and then called him up to the majors. Allen Webster was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Wednesday’s game.
8 a.m. ET: Wednesday got ugly real fast, and the Red Sox suddenly find themselves struggling to gain traction.
The Twins scored 11 runs in the first two innings on Wednesday en route to a 15-8 victory. Rookie Allen Webster was lit up in his second major league start, and Felix Doubront struggled in 5 1/3 innings of relief. All in all, it was a difficult night to be a Red Sox pitcher.
Following Wednesday’s loss, the Red Sox are now now 21-13. It’s still a very respectable record, but they’ve lost five of their last six games and two of three against the Twins. On Thursday, they’ll send John Lackey to the hill as they try to salvage a split with Minnesota.
Lackey went five innings his last time out in Texas on Saturday. He gave up three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four. He suffered the loss in that game — as the Red Sox were swept by the Rangers — but he didn’t pitch all that bad. It was the offense that struggled mightily.
The Red Sox’ road isn’t easy right now. They’re a bit banged up, especially in the bullpen. Thursday gives them another chance to right the ship, though. The action is scheduled to kick off at 7:10 p.m. ET.
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