Red Sox reliever Joel Hanrahan was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, and the reliever is currently trying to determine whether he will require surgery for the right forearm strain.
The decision to move Hanrahan to the 60-day DL was made in order to free a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander Jose De La Torre, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. In addition, right-hander Allen Webster was optioned to Pawtucket after Wednesday night’s game.
Hanrahan, who has struggled at times over the course of his first month, with Boston, is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA and four saves in nine appearances. According to a source, there is no decision yet on whether or not Hanrahan will undergo surgery — he is visiting Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion — but he is expected to be sidelined for a couple of months at a minimum, even if there is no surgery needed.
“Once we got the initial MRI, it seemed [the 60-day DL] was a possibility,” said Sox manager John Farrell. “So not knowing the extent or total number of days, we felt it was still going to require some recovery time and then when you factor in the buildup back from that, we felt this was going to be a couple of months total at a minimum.”
When Hanrahan landed on the DL on Tuesday, Farrell said that the issue was in a flexor mass strain in his right forearm, rather than the ulnar collateral ligament (better known as the Tommy John ligament) of the elbow. On Thursday, the manager said that while no ligament damage had been diagnosed, it also hadn’t been ruled out. Farrell confirmed that the player and team are working to make a determination about whether surgery is the proper course of action, or if Hanrahan can return through rest and rehab.
“[Surgery] has been part of the discussion,” said Farrell. “That’s where he’s got to get his arms around the situation with as much information as possible and make the decision at that point.
“Best case is the conservative treatment and that is rest, rehab, recovery and return to action. Fact is he’s going for a second opinion, I don’t know if he’s at that point [where a conservative course is certain to be followed] yet. That’s where we’re at. That’s the best I can tell you right now,” added Farrell. “At this point, [he could pitch again this year]. If everything were to respond favorably to that conservative course of action, yes, that’s a possibility.”
Farrell characterized Hanrahan’s prolonged absence as a challenge. Still, he suggested that it did not represent an insurmountable obstacle to success.
“A healthy Joel Hanrahan getting injured is a blow for anyone — a guy that’s been a very successful pitcher and, I don’t know that you can just necessarily replace a guy of his abilities and talents,” said Farrell. “But regardless of the injuries that we’re dealing with right now, our expectations and our level of play shouldn’t be compromised by that. That’s the expectation here is to go out every night, to prepare, and to put a game together to win.”
For De La Torre, this is his first major league stint. The 27-year-old has appeared in 10 games for Pawtucket this season, all in relief, going 1-0 with one save, a 1.56 ERA (3 ER/17.1 IP), and 17 strikeouts. He has held opponents to a .089 batting average (5-for-56), the third-lowest mark among International League relievers, including a .029 average (1-for-35) over his current seven-game scoreless streak (11.2 IP). Acquired by Boston in a trade with Cleveland last July, De La Torre owns a 2.77 ERA with 368 strikeouts in 357.0 innings over seven minor league seasons. He will wear No. 65 and will be available for Thursday’s game against the Twins.
“I wasn’t expecting it, but I’m just real excited at being here and happy I got the opportunity,” said De La Torre, who had an eye-opening performance for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, including a stretch where he punched out (in succession) Jimmy Rollins, Brandon Phillips and Ryan Braun. “[The WBC] opened some eyes. I think it helped me pitching on a bigger stage and doing what I did. I think it helped me a lot.”
For more Red Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.
We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.
We get a complete breakdown of the win from Bill Belichick as the Patriots secure yet another AFC East title. Bill talks about the historical significance, the key moments of the game, and even Tom Brady's nutritional regiment.
We check in with big 75, nose tackle of the New Engalnd Patriots Vince WIlfork breaks down the win over the Dolphins, another AFC East Championship, and next week's divisional showdown vs the Jets.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
Manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell, speaks with Craig and Larry during the "Christmas at Fenway" festivities. John spoke about the pitching rotation as it stands right now, and inability to sign John Lester. He also talked about some of the younger pitching prospects, as well as the Free Agents that have signed with the team in the last month, like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.
Craig and Larry press Larry Lucchino about the inability to sign Jon Lester, the projected starting rotation, and the signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Boston Red Sox, Sam Kennedy, joined Craig and Larry to talk about Christmas at Fenway, and some of the Red Sox off-season acquisitions.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Pierre McGuire joins the show to talk about the struggling Bruins.
Andy Brickley joined the show to talk about David Pastrnak's first game, the offensive struggles, and Milan Lucic playing with the Swedes.
The guys opened the show by discussing the latest absurd complaints by viewers to the FCC regarding Brady's F bombs.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys spoke with Damien Woody about Pats Jets.
As we do every Wednesday, we re-visit some predictions that Chris made in anticipation of last week's game against Miami, and make some new ones about Sunday's match up with the New York Jets.
Christian gets a call from a fellow Bacon Doughnut lover. Rob Gronkowski was on "Top Chef," and Padma Lakshmi goes full-cougar. Britt McHenry of ESPN gets into a twitter-fight with some hockey trolls.
The Bruins lost again last night, as they have in 6 of their last 7 games. The team needs to make a move but don't have very much cap space. NESN color commentator, Andy Brickley, spoke about a team that's struggling to get back to elite status.
We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.
Dale and Michael discuss the struggling Bruins, and how they can right the ship and salvage what has been a sub-par first couple of months of the season.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Tom Brady's chances to earn MVP in 2014.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
Mikey and Mut are on location with some WEEI listeners and Crazy Ron Emma talking sports and pizza.
Mikey gets a surprise call from his old buddy, "Nifty" Middleton. They of course talk some Bruins
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to today's Tom Brady interview by discussing what they would tell their younger selves. They look closer at Brady's diet and fitness regime and whether they could be as disciplined as the superstar quarterback.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to today's Tom Brady interview by discussing what they would tell their younger selves. They look closer at Brady's diet and fitness regime and whether they could be as disciplined as the superstar quarterback.More from this show
Miami kept it close at half, but the Patriots turned it on in the 2nd half, scoring 24 points in the 3rd quarter alone to blow out the Dolphins and clinch the division. The opening drive featured Jamie Collins blocking a FG try that Kyle Arrington brought to the house. Jonas Gray saw the ball 19 times and appears to be back in the RB rotation.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.More from this show