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TORONTO—According to an official tweet from the Boston Red Sox, the team has activated pitcher Joel Hanrahan today. The team released the following statement on their Twitter page regarding the move.
#RedSox activate RHP Joel Hanrahan from 15-day DL. To make room for him on 25-man, RHP Daniel Bard optioned to Portland after Sunday’s win.
As the report notes, he is available for tonight’s game and Farrell said the following concerning Hanrahan’s role with the team, according to ESPNBoston.com.
[Hanrahan is] active today. ... Before announcing what his role is, when he comes to the ballpark we'll have a chance to sit down," Farrell said. "I did talk to him after his final appearance in Pawtucket, mostly and specifically on just physically feeling fine so we can go ahead and make the roster move. The one thing Joel is, he's honest with himself, and he understands what's going on here.
About an hour ago, his role became clearly defined. According to a tweet from Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Andrew Bailey, who has been closing in Hanrahan’s absence will remain the stopper.
Farrell spoke to Hanrahan. Bailey still closing. #RedSox
Bailey has been pitching very well lately. He has whiffed 20 batters in 12 1/3 innings in addition to a win and five saves. Hanrahan pitched admirably during his rehab stint in Pawtucket according to CBSBoston.com, toeing the rubber for two games, allowing two runs in two innings of work, while making two appearances.
Before going on the DL, the former Pirate was 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA, but did have three saves to his credit.
It appears that there will be no closer controversy in Boston after all, and Andrew Bailey will be shutting the door for the Red Sox in-game, and on any potential closer controversy.