Prior to his team’s series-opening game against Toronto, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the diagnosis given by Dr. James Andrews regarding Joel Hanrahan’s injured right arm was that the pitcher has damage to his flexor tendon.
Hanrahan, who was flying back to Boston from the Birmingham, Ala. office Friday and is on the 60-day disabled list, still hasn’t determined which course of action he will take to treat the issue — rest and rehabilitation or surgery.
“He was seen by Dr. Andrews this morning. A further MRI was taken there. What’s been pretty conclusive, or in agreement with other examinations, is that he has some damage to the flexor muscle tendon,” Farrell said. “He’s en route back here to Boston as we week and I know he’ll revisit with the training staff and the medical staff here. At some point there has to be a decision as to what course he’s going to take to rectify the situation.”
If Hanrahan chooses surgery it would most likely end his 2013 season. The procedure would also include taking a further look at the elbow ligament, which the flexor tendon typically protects. If there is damage to the ligament, it could lead to Tommy John surgery.
Hanarahan is currently on a one-year, $7 million deal, and will be eligible for free agency following this season.
“In situations like this it’s not uncommon for the player to make the final decision. Certainly it’s his career, it’s his arm,” Farrell said of Hanrahan, who experienced discomfort in a similar area in ’09. “Recommendations can be given through multiple opinions he has already received. And I think he’s doing a pretty good job of getting his arms around it with the information gathered. That decision will become more clear-cut in Joel’s mind.
While Junichi Tazawa will serve as the Red Sox’ closer for the time being, the hope is that Andrew Bailey will return from his injury (biceps) in the coming weeks.
“Andrew had a good throwing session today, symptom-free, so out to 105 feet tomorrow would be a progressive step toward that same throwing program,” Farrell said. “He’s making anticipated progress. There’s no date marked for his return, but we still feel confident with the group we have in our pen right now.”