Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Boston Red Sox pitcher Joel Hanrahan will miss
the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery for a torn flexor muscle
tendon in his right arm.
Hanrahan left Monday's game against Minnesota and tests revealed the damage.
He visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion and the noted sports surgeon
concurred with the original diagnosis.
Andrews will perform the operation some time next week. There is no timetable
for Hanrahan's return, although a 6-to-9 month recovery period is normal for
the flexor tendon. However, if ligament damage is also determined, a Tommy
John procedure could extend the recovery time.
The 31-year-old right-hander appeared in just nine games for the Red Sox this
season, his first with the club after developing into a reliable closer with
Pittsburgh over the past two years. He was 0-1 with four saves and a 9.82 ERA
in his limited action in 2013, having missed the final two weeks in April with
a hamstring strain.
Hanrahan, set to become a free agent after the season, converted 76 saves in
84 opportunities over the past two years for the Pirates. He is 22-18 with 100
saves and a 3.85 ERA in 362 games, all but 11 out of the bullpen, during a
seven-year career with Boston, Pittsburgh and Washington.
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