UPDATE 5/17: The worst-case scenario for Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan has been realized. The right-hander underwent surgery to repair his flexor tendon this week, and while the doctors were in there they decided he needed Tommy John surgery as well, reports Alex Speier of WEEI.
The flexor tendon surgery alone was expected to keep Hanrahan out the remainder of the season, so the Tommy John operation just confirms that timeline. The right-hander will be sidelined for at least the next 12 months.
UPDATE: Joel Hanrahan officially announced on Saturday that he will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his damaged tendon next week. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery.
Hanrahan is not out of the woods yet, as Andrews could discover ligament damage as well as tendon damage. If the doctor discovers ligament damage, the pitcher will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.
ORIGINAL: The Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan has damage to his right muscle flexor tendon, reports Jason Mastrodonato of MLB.com. At this point, Hanrahan has not yet decided whether to undergo surgery or not but it is definitely a possibility.
Over the Monster: Joel Hanrahan debating elbow surgery
The Red Sox placed the 31-year-old reliever on the 60-day disabled list prior a visit to elbow specialist and Tommy John surgery guru Dr. James Andrews. The results of that examination have confirmed some of the team’s worst fears in revealing tendon damage, but at this point it is still unclear if there is damage to the ulnar collateral ligament which would necessitate Tommy John surgery. Even if Hanrahan is able to avoid that procedure it will be at least six weeks before the righty can resume throwing activities and there would be no clear time table for a possible return.
Hanrahan was acquired by the Red Sox this off-season in trade with the
During Hanrahan’s first trip to the DL, the Red Sox had turned to Andrew Bailey to replace him in the closer’s role, but Bailey is currently on the 15-day DL with a sore right bicep. Since Hanrahan blew his last save opportunity on May 6,