Hanrahan: 'Never had a feeling like this'
BOSTON -- On a day in which the Red Sox placed Andrew Bailey on the 15-day disabled list with a right biceps strain, Joel Hanrahan left Monday night's game against the Minnesota Twins with a right forearm strain in the top of the ninth inning, after blowing his second save of the season.
Hanrahan officially re-assumed the role as Red Sox closer on Monday, after losing it to Bailey when Hanrahan was placed on the 15-day DL last month, thanks to a hamstring injury.
With Bailey now on the DL, Hanrahan got his chance to shine, but he allowed a one-out bomb to Twins lead-off hitter Brian Dozier on a 3-2 fastball got into the monster seats in a hurry.
Dozier's solo home run tied the game at 5-5, but Hanrahan responded by striking out Joe Mauer on four pitches.
In the next at-bat, Hanrahan walked Josh Willingham on five pitches. After then throwing a ball to Justin Morneau, Hanrahan looked directly into the Red Sox dugout, as if to let manager John Farrell know that something wasn't right.
"I threw the pitch and I felt a little pull, kind of like my forearm went a little bit with the ball," said Hanrahan after Boston's extra-inning win. "I felt like I could still throw the ball alright, like, maybe just stretch it out a little bit and see what happens. And eventually I got to that point where I tried to make a pickoff to first, and the ball barely got there. I threw one more, and I just couldn't take it anymore."
After a short mound visit, Hanrahan exited the game in favor of Clayton Mortensen, who went 2.1 scoreless innings in relief and picked up the win.
Hanrahan will be evaluated further with an MRI on Tuesday. It's a type of soreness that he said is something he's never felt.
"This isn't how I planned my time with the Red Sox, dealing with the hamstring thing right out of the gate," said Hanrahan. "And I've been back for two, three games, and now this happens. Hopefully everything will check out alright [on Tuesday], and won't be too serious."
In the case that Hanrahan will miss time, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that he trusts the rest of the bullpen to be able to fill the role of closer.
"He'll go through a full workout [on Tuesday]," said Farrell. "An MRI, obviously. But until that time, we'll have more information.
"We've got a couple guys out there that we feel confident that they'll be able to close out games."