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BOSTON—In what has been a very rough season for Red Sox pitcher Joel Hanrahan, he received more bad news on Friday. According to WEEI, the following tweet signaled season-ending surgery for the reliever.
Definately not the way I wanted my time here with the Red Sox to go, hopefully ill get a chance to show #RSN the real pitcher I am someday.
Tony Lee of ESPNBoston.com indicates that Hanrahan will be out six to nine months and that this news was a result of the righty’s visit to Dr. James Andrews on Friday. He had the following to say about his visit with Andrews.
Initially I thought there might be a decision to make [between rehab and surgery] but after talking to [Andrews] he took one look at my arm, touched it, said there really wasn't a decision," Hanrahan said Saturday morning. "The flexor pretty much tore off the bone. There wasn't really a decision, it was just a matter of what kind of surgery it was going to be. As for now it's just the flexor. When he gets in there and takes a look, could be worse, could be better. That's kind of where we're at now.
According to the report, he said that he expects to have the surgery next week, and that if no further damage is found when looking at his arm, the timetable for recovery will be closer to six months than nine.
The 31-year-old appeared in nine games for Boston this season, notching a 0-1 record and a 9.82 ERA in nine appearances. In addition, he recorded four saves in six opportunities striking out five and walking six. His last appearance came on May 6 against the Twins when he gave up one home run, walked a batter, and struck out a batter, blowing a save opportunity.
He is signed for a year, which means that with his first year in Boston over, free agency looms. At this juncture, there is no definitive answer regarding whether or not he will return to Beantown. In what was a tough year for Hanrahan things just got tougher. It just goes to show that in sports, sometimes you need to be prepared for the worst.