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Red Sox place Joel Hanrahan on DL

The Red Sox have placed closer Joel Hanrahan on the DL.

Jim Rogash

The Boston Red Sox have placed closer Joel Hanrahan on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.

Boston was hoping Hanrahan wouldn't require a trip to the DL, as the team initially thought he'd only miss a few days due to his hamstring soreness. However, the Red Sox have since determined that he'll require a longer time on the shelf.

Prior to hitting the DL, Hanrahan had allowed six runs on six hits with five walks and four strikeouts over his 4 2/3 innings of work this season. He was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates over the winter.

Hanrahan's injury opens the door for Andrew Bailey to step in as the team's closer. He was expected to fill this role last season prior to his injury, as he was acquired after being the Oakland Athletics' closer for several seasons.

To replace Hanrahan on the roster and in the bullpen, the Red Sox have called up right-hander Steven Wright from Triple-A.

Wright started 25 games in the minors for the Red Sox and Indians' affiliates, posting an ERA of 2.54 over 141 2/3 innings. Prior to his call up, he had started two games for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing three runs on six hits with seven walks and 11 strikeouts over 10 innings.

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