Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/23/13
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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. Andrew Bailey, who shared American League co-Player of the Week with fellow Red Sox Mike Napoli, added yet another save in the team's 9-6 victory over the Oakland A's last night at Fenway. When Stephen Drew opened the season on the disabled list, Red Sox manager John Farrell resolved that the veteran shortstop wouldn’t lose his job because of an injury, regardless of how many hits were piled up by upstart fill-in Jose Iglesias. Farrell has not yet made the same commitment to closer Joel Hanrahan. Hanrahan threw 30 pitches (mostly fastballs) in the bullpen at Fenway Park yesterday, the first time he has pitched off a mound since he was sidelined April 16, and didn’t report any pain in his strained right hamstring. He is scheduled for another bullpen session tomorrow, then perhaps a minor league rehab assignment over the weekend. But while Hanrahan is eligible to be activated from the disabled list April 29, Farrell isn’t making any guarantees that he will return as the closer. “I think we’ll get through the rehab assignments and get him back here before we address that,” Farrell said before last night’s series opener against the Oakland Athletics. “I think it’s probably a little bit premature to state anything along those lines.” Herald: Hanrahan's job on hold With Hanrahan beginning his rehab process from his hamstring injury, he is likely due back soon. So what does that mean for Bailey? Here's how I see it going down in the following weeks: Hanrahan will return in about two weeks, possibly less. He will return to his original role as closer and Bailey will shift back into a set-up role, along with Koji Uehara. Hanrahan will cough up a few more save opportunites and eventually be dealt in advance of the July 31st trade deadline. Bailey will be the Red Sox closer by the latest August 1st. Even though it's been a short stint of success, Bailey has the makeup and actual finesse to be an effective closer in Boston. He has pinpoint control with outstanding breaking pitches to compliment his fastball. Hanrahan is just straight gas. That's about it. Hanrahan was acquired on a one-year deal and is truly a win-win for GM Ben Cherington. If he is a success and closes out 30-plus games, super. If not, deal him back to the National League to a team in need of a closer (Cardinals?) and insert another option (Bailey) from the Red Sox deep bullpen. No harm done. Either way, when's the last time the Red Sox had a closer controversy? Keith Foulke vs Jonathan Papelbon in 2005? These situations are always interesting to follow and quite frankly, are a positive sign of any team's bullpen. Imagine if the Sox had no other reliable options and put all their money on Hanrahan? Yikes. Buckle up Red Sox nation. The closer debates are coming! Rest of the links - Globe: Red Sox’ Joel Hanrahan OK after bullpen session | Globe: Sox slam the door shut | Globe: Felix Doubront sets career high for pitch count | Herald: Napoli, Middlebrooks power Red Sox past A's | Herald: Napoli impressing Red Sox teammates with power display | WEEI.com: Farrell: ‘A little premature’ to say if Andrew Bailey or Joel Hanrahan will close | 
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