Originally written May 09, 2013 on Ted's Army:
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Now three days after walking off the mound with a strained right forearm, closer Joel Hanrahan continues to feel so much soreness that he’s having trouble gripping a baseball. And so the Red Sox are seeking the opinions of two noted orthopedic surgeons. The images from Hanrahan’s MRI exam have been sent to Dr. James Andrews and Dr. David Altchek. Based on the findings of the Sox’ medical staff, the MRI didn’t indicate structural damage to the elbow but confirmed a strain of the flexor mass, where the tendon meets the joint. According to Hanrahan, there’s some question over whether the damaged tendon has been protecting the ligament as it’s supposed to. If the ligament has been affected, surgery may be a possibility, although the Sox hope that is an extreme scenario. “That’s one of the things they’re looking at, to see how that ligament looks,” Hanrahan said. “I think you could probably go through this clubhouse and look at everybody’s ligament and it’s not going to be like a 12-year-old’s ligament. So that’s one thing they’ll look at, to see if that ligament has been compromised.” The Red Sox expect to hear from Andrews and Altchek today. In the meantime, Hanrahan has been icing his arm and riding the exercise bike. Herald: Notebook: Joel Hanrahan seeks second opinions We all knew there would be a point in the season when Andrew Bailey would miss some time due to injury. Possibly extended time. And, that has happened. Joel Hanrahan sucked a bit, missed some time, Andrew Bailey impressed, Hanrahan returned to eventually get his job back, now Junichi Tazawa is the man in the 9th inning. No one expected this situation. Now Dr. James Andrews is in the picture, even though he is the best in the biz, we shouldn't expect a good outcome in terms of a timely return. This injury is worse than initially thought and the Sox are down both of their closers. I guess losing 2 closers doesn't matter much because we haven't seen many save situations lately. This team is looking awful. On Page 2, Did Adrian Gonzalez make David Ortiz a better hitter? Ortiz is off to a 24-for-63 (.381) start, with nine doubles, four homers, 17 RBI, a .412 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage, numbers that have left teammates and opponents shaking their heads in wonder. If it's possible, Sox manager John Farrell believes Ortiz is even a better hitter now than he was from 2007-10, when Farrell worked as the Red Sox' pitching coach.“It starts with his work routine leading up to (batting practice), and then what he sets out to accomplish every day on the field pregame,” Farrell said. “You rarely see him look to drive the ball out of the ballpark.”Instead, Ortiz works on hitting the opposite way to left field, something he didn’t do as often earlier in his career. Farrell suggested that playing with former Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez over the past two seasons may have helped to make Ortiz a more well-rounded hitter. Like Ortiz, Gonzalez is a left-handed hitter, and throughout his career, he has been known for being able to use the whole field, including hitting with power to left and left-center. Early in 2011, Gonzalez' first season with the Red Sox, Ortiz often marveled at his approach at the plate. Herald: How Adrian Gonzalez may have helped David Ortiz become a better hitter Adrian Gonzalez may have help Ortiz by giving him some pointers on how to use the whole field. That's great. Remember when we thought Adrian Gonzalez would hit 10-15 more home runs as a Red Sox because of the layout of Fenway and his ability to hit opposite field homers? I certainly do. Glad we saw that spectacle. Glad he could at least help out Ortiz before he was traded. Thanks, Adrian, for making David Ortiz so much better. I am so happy you were able to contribute something to this team.

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