TORONTO -- Two days after saying Andrew Bailey would retain the closer's role for the time being, the Red Sox gave the ball to Joel Hanrahan in a save situation Wednesday night.
But manager John Farrell didn't have a change of heart -- Bailey was unavailable because of soreness in his biceps.
"He's felt some discomfort in the biceps,'' said Farrell after Hanrahan turned back the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth to preserve a 3-1 win. "He got on the mound (Wednesday) and felt the discomfort. It was still there today and he was unavailable.
"Hopefully (it's) not (anything to worry about). He was able to put a ball in his hand but didn't feel right, as he said, so we're not going to take any chances with that, particularly with Joel being back healthy.''
Bailey last pitched Sunday. The Sox hadn't had a save situation in the first two games of the series.
"I just felt a little something the last time I pitched,'' said Bailey, "and we're just being very cautious with it. We've got a lot of guys down there who can do a lot of different jobs and they want to be smart about it and take the extra time.
"It shouldn't be more than a couple of days. We're just letting it die down.''
Bailey termed the discomfort "very minor, nothing crazy. We want to get out in front of it and be smart about it. It's still very early on and we've got a long season and we have a staff that can handle it.''
Bailey said there were "no plans" to be further exmained over the next few days. Farrell was less definite saying an exam was "to be determined.''
Hanrahan, who had pitched the eighth inning Tuesday, allowed a leadoff single to Colby Rasmus to open the ninth before getting pinch-hitter Rajai Davis to pop up and then got Munemori Kawasaki to ground into an inning-ending double play for his fourth save in five tries this season.
"I felt pretty good out there,'' said Hanrahan. "Obviously, things are a little easier when you get that first guy out, but it was nice to get that scoreless inning and get the save for the team. I was just trying to do my part and do whatever's best for the team and try to help out.
"Obviously, I think we're a better team when Bailey and I are both healthy. Hopefully, he'll only be down for a day or two.''
Hanrahan said he was told by Farrell during batting practice that Bailey would be unavailable and that he would have the ninth in a save situation.