Friday, December 15, 2017
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Red Sox closer out for season

BOSTON — Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan needs season-ending surgery on his right forearm, which will require a recovery time of six to nine months.

The right-hander, 31, said Saturday that the operation likely will be performed this week by Dr. James Andrews.

"After talking with the doctors here and going down to see Dr. Andrews, he confirmed what the doctors here thought," Hanrahan said in Boston's clubhouse. "I'm going to have to get surgery to repair my flexor tendon. It's something that, after hearing the doctors here, it's something I kind of prepared for. He just reaffirmed those. I'm going to get it done next week and start the process of getting healthy."

Hanrahan walked off the mound in the ninth inning of Monday's 6-5, 11-inning win over the Twins after throwing a pitch.

Obtained from the Pirates in an offseason trade, the two-time All-Star has a 9.82 ERA and four saves in six chances.

It's the second year in a row the Red Sox have lost their closer early. RHP Andrew Bailey, who had been acquired from the A's in December 2011, had thumb surgery last April and didn't pitch for Boston until August.

GARZA RECOVERING: Cubs RHP Matt Garza, the former Ray who hasn't pitched in a big-league game since July 21, pitched 3⅓ scoreless innings and threw 66 pitches in a rehabilitation assignment for Double-A Tennessee.

BLUE JAYS: RHP Brandon Morrow was scratched for the second time in a week with neck and back stiffness and will be replaced today by RHP Chad Jenkins. … OF Rajai Davis went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle in his left side.

BREWERS: LHP Tom Gorzelanny went on the 15-day DL with left shoulder tendinitis. RHP Mike Fiers was recalled from Class A Brevard County.

NATIONALS: LF Bryce Harper sat out a second straight game a day after having an ingrown toenail removed. … RF Jayson Werth went on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. OF Eury Perez was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

RANGERS: RHP Colby Lewis, coming back from flexor tendon surgery last July, was unable to throw his scheduled bullpen session because of right triceps soreness and could be scratched from Tuesday's scheduled rehab start.

TIGERS: RH reliever Octavio Dotel, on the disabled list since April 23, has no structural damage in his ailing right elbow and will continue to rest.

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