Hanrahan ends up having Tommy John surgery

Hanrahan ends up having Tommy John surgery
May 16, 2013, 8:15 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When Joel Hanrahan went under the knife earlier Thursday, what resulted was a worst-case scenario.
     
Hanrahan knew that the flexor tendon in his right forearm was going to need repair, causing him to miss the remainder of this season, his first season with the Red Sox.
     
But noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews also discovered a tear in Hanrahan's ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow, requiring a tendon transplant, or Tommy John surgery as it's commonly known.
     
Such procedures usually require anywhere from 12 to 15 months of recovery time.
     
Andrews also removed several bone spurs in the elbow.
     
News of the procedure was reported on Twitter by Mike Dillon, who works with Hanrahan's agent, Larry Reynolds of Reynolds Sports Management.