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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. With Daniel Bard being sent back down to Double-A Portland, Joel Hanrahan is set to be activated prior to tonight's game in Toronto. However, the question remains: should Andrew Bailey be removed and Hanrahan inserted back into the closer's role?
Hanrahan, who made two rehab appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket,
is expected to be activated from the DL on Tuesday for the start of a
three-game series in Toronto. Right-hander Daniel Bard has been optioned back to Double-A Portland, opening a roster spot for Hanrahan. In
his two outings, Friday and Sunday, Hanrahan went a combined two
innings, giving up two runs on two hits, with a home run, one walk, and
one strikeout. On Sunday, he threw a scoreless inning in the Paw Sox
loss to Columbus, with one walk on 17 pitches, eight strikes. Farrell has not said if Hanrahan would reclaim the closer role or if it is Bailey’s. The pitchers say they don’t know, either. “They haven’t really talked to me yet. So we’ll see,” Bailey said. “Hopefully we get him back soon.
“I think the organization knows what I want to
do and they know what he wants to do. Everybody wants to close. The
decision’s up to them. And it’s just nice, to kind of feel like the guy
they traded for again and be healthy out there. But that being said, I
think we got 25 guys on the same page and we all want to get to the
playoffs and go to the World Series. That’s the ultimate goal."
CSNNE.com: Door still open for decision on Red Sox closer
There's really two sides to this debate. For one, a player should never lose his position due to an injury. In this case, Hanrahan seemingly struggled due to his injured hamstring affecting his pitching mechanics. Therefore, he should be given another shot to prevail at his original role as closer.
The other alternative is to ride out your hot hand, which has been Andrew Bailey. He looks a thousand times better than last season and really has electric stuff and command closing out games. If it ain't broken, don't fix it...right?
Here's how I see it playing out: Hanrahan will be given another shot. I lean more towards riding the hot hand in Bailey, but I agree with the notion that no player should ever lose his job to injury.
However, Hanrahan has to ultimately prove that the injury was the reason for his poor performance and blown saves. I also think you'll see Farrell at times carefully play the matchup game switching between Hanrahan and Bailey. That could be a dangerous situation playing with their roles, but I think Farrell is one of the few that could effective manage that.
Rest of the links: Globe: Coaching staff deserves credit for Red Sox’ hot start | Herald: John Farrell, Juan Nieves bring out best in co-aces | Herald: Shane in pain | CSNNE.com Middlebrooks hopes his sophomore slump is over | Projo: Like Daniel Bard, Ryan Rowland-Smith looking for answers
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Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images) TORONTO—According to an official tweet from the Boston Red Sox, the team has activated pitcher Joel Hanrahan today. The team released the following statement on their Twitter page regarding the move. #RedSox activate RHP Joel Hanrahan from 15-day DL. To make room for him on 25-man, RHP Daniel Bard optioned to Portland after Sunday’s win....
When Joel Hanrahan returns from the disabled list from a sore hamstring the Red Sox are expected to return him to the closers role.
Hanrahan’s return to the closers role is expected says Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, a move that could come as soon as Tuesday. Hanrahan is tentatively scheduled to pitch one inning at Triple-A on Sunday.
During Hanrahan’s time away from the...
Joel Hanrahan is no longer strictly living the life of a closer.
Hanrahan was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, just in time for the Sox’ matchup against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Wednesday night. Prior to being sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket, Hanrahan struggled in the closer position, and manager John Farrell hasn’t given Hanrahan a role just yet on his...
The Boston Red Sox have activated right-handed reliever Joel Hanrahan from the 15-day disabled list, but manager John Farrell told MLB Network Radio that his role with the team is not yet clear (via MassLive.com).
"He's active today," Farrell said. "Before
announcing what his role is, when he comes to the ballpark we'll have a chance
to sit down. I...
The Red Sox activated Joel Hanrahan from the 15-Day Disabled List Tuesday before their game in Toronto. John Farrell determined in his pre-game press conference that Andrew Bailey, not Hanrahan, will close for the time being.
Hanrahan, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, admired the way that Bailey handled the bullpen situation when Hanrahan was traded from the...
The Boston Red Sox got back one of their key cogs in the back-end of their bullpen Tuesday as they activated Joel Hanrahan from the 15-day disabled list. He won’t be returning to his closer role right away though as that seems to have been secured by Andrew Bailey.
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Joel Hanrahan has been removed as the Red Sox closer.
Back when the Joel Hanrahan trade happened, there were a lot of complaints that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t get enough in return and should have held on to Hanrahan until the trade deadline to get a better return.
Today, after a rough start with Boston, and after a trip to the disabled list with hamstring problems, Hanrahan...
Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan is back.
The Red Sox activated the right-hander from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and sent Daniel Bard to Double-A Portland to make room on the 25-man roster.
Hanrahan, who is 0-1 with three saves and a 11.57 ERA, was on the disabled list since April 16 with a right hamstring strain. He allowed two runs in two innings of rehab work with Triple...
Sunday the Red Sox send Daniel Bard to Double A Portland, making room for Joel Hanrahan to return from the disabled list.
It was a short stint for Daniel Bard and he only provided one inning of relief, giving up both a hit and a run. He was not really ready for the Majors as he had only eight appearances in Portland so far, but he was healthy and that was enough.
The Sox are a much different team from the train wreck of a team last year. Want proof? Look at the closers. Andrew Baily has been 5 for his last 5 in save opportunities, according to the Herald. But Bailey wasn't even the team plans as a closer when they got Joel Hanrahan in December, according to the Herald, but he was called into action as a closer after Hanrahan went down...
With an MLB best 18 wins, the Boston Red Sox hit the road after a 7-3 homestand and head north of the boarder for the second time in less than a month to face the Toronto Blue Jays. During their first visit April 5-7, Boston took two out of three. On Sunday, the Red Sox tied their franchise record with the most April wins with 18 tying them with the 1998 and 2003 teams that also...
Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe/Getty Images BOSTON-- In what has been an interesting career thus far for Red Sox relief pitcher Daniel Bard, the fireballer has suffered another setback. According to a tweet from Pete Abraham, the Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Globe, Boston has optioned Bard down to Double-A Portland to make room for primary closer Joel Hanrahan. Abraham...
Shane Victorino: Victorino, who has missed the last three games, had an MRI on his sore back which revealed only inflammation. Boston.com reports he could be placed on the DL if he does not show improvement over the next few days. It's no coincidence Jackie Bradley Jr has been getting some playing time in RF at Pawtucket.
Joel Hanrahan: Hanrahan seems to be recovered from his...
Red Sox 6 Astros 1 Boston Globe Boston Herald WEEI CSNNE ESPN Boston NESN Boston Globe http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/04/28/red-sox-win-fifth-straight-game-with-boost-from-john-lackey/rkfET5smzghGimtlfvrbOO/story.html Pete Abraham takes a look at the Red Sox five game win streak. Boston Herald http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/04/sox_show_strength_in_swee...
After coming back from a 5-1 deficit last night vs. Columbus Clippers to win 6-5 the Pawtucket Red Sox face former Sox pitcher Daisuke Matszuaka today at McCoy Stadium. Currently pitchers Craig Breslow and Joel Hanrahan are with the Pawsox on rehab stints and are both expected to pitch today. Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the day off for Pawtucket and catcher Ryan Lavarnway returns to...