Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/7/13
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. I wanted to write about Stephen Drew's fantastic night at the plate and his "coming out" party for the Boston Red Sox. However the Red Sox now stare at a major issue, where they have no closer. Against all odds, from an early deficit to losing a one-run lead in the ninth inning, the Red Sox found a way to close out the Minnesota Twins in an 11-inning marathon last night at Fenway Park. Now, the Sox must find a new closer. Hours after Andrew Bailey went on the disabled list with inflammation in his right biceps, Joel Hanrahan walked off the mound in the ninth inning of an interminable 6-5 victory over the Twins with what the Red Sox have diagnosed as a strained right forearm that sounded even more ominous based on the right-hander’s description of what occurred. Hanrahan traced the injury to a “pull” that he felt on a pitch that went to the backstop early in the ninth. After a few more pitches, Hanrahan thought the sensation had subsided, but after walking Josh Willingham, he tried throwing to first base. “I got to the point where I tried to make a pickoff (throw) to first, and the ball barely got there,” Hanrahan said. “I threw one more, and I just couldn’t take it any more.” Hanrahan will undergo an MRI exam today to determine the severity of the injury. But the Sox already are planning on life without both of their closers. Herald: Joel Hanrahan hurt in Red Sox 11-inning win It's pretty amazing that the Red Sox lost two legit closers in less than a week. There's a chance that Hanrahan could be back, but all signs are pointing that he will head to the DL, especially since it's dealing with it's throwing arm. If all goes well with Bailey during his recovery, he should be on track to return next week. But given his injury history, one can't help but be worried about his situation. In the meantime, which pitcher will John Farrell hand the ball to in the ninth-inning to close out games? The first obvious candidate is Koji Uehara. For the most part, he has been the anchor of the back of the bullpen and has a brief history closing out games. However, Farrell has been cautious in using Uehara too much. He's 38-years-old and the Red Sox can't burn him out. Plus, do you really want to lose Uehara in that nearly flawless eighth-inning setup role? Another candidate is Junichi Tazawa, who has been solid thus far. He's much younger and has a better staminia than Uehara. Tazawa has has a range of pitches that could be lethal to batters in the ninth...just as long as he can maintain control of that nasty sinker. Like I said, this could be a case where the Red Sox may have to simply do some patch-work until Bailey returns next week. Let's hope he's on track to return then. Rest of the links - Globe: Drew's double in the 11th gives Red Sox win over Twins | Herald: Clay Buchholz controversy still spinning | Herald: Stephen Drew finally connects with rhythm at plate | Herald: Dustin Pedroia breaks out the power | CSNNE.com: Drew does work at the plate in Sox win | Projo: With a month to go before the June draft, it's crunch time for prospects, too      
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