April 13, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan (52) pitches during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox's Closer Joel Hanrahan Out For Season

It’s been a rough week for closers. First, Arizona Diamondbacks’ fireman J.J. Putz goes down with an arm injury that will keep him out of action for a few months and now Boston Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan received similar news.

After a mid-April disabled list stint due to a hamstring, Hanrahan returned to action in early May but it didn’t last long as the former Pittsburgh Pirate only lasted three outings before he was forced out again with an injury. This time though, it was severe.

Per Brian MacPherson:

Hanrahan said there wasn’t really even a choice — with the flexor tendon torn off the bone, surgery is a must. It’ll end his season.


Hanrahan is expected to meet with Dr. James Andrews next week to repair the tendon, which will sideline him for at least six months. However, there are rumors swirling that the two-time All-Star closer could also need Tommy John surgery, though a final decision isn’t expected until next week. Either way, his 2013 season is considered over. He’ll finish with a 9.82 ERA in 7.1 innings of work.

Our best wishes to Joel and a speedy recovery.

Andrew Bailey (who is also out with an injury, currently on the disabled list) along with Junichi Tazawa (currently closing) are expected to handle the closing duties for the Red Sox.

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