Hammer still hurtin': Sox place closer on 60-day DL

The Guru
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*UPDATE* Joel Hanrahan has been put on the 60-day DL. He will be examined by Dr. James Andrews tomorrow in Birmingham. Sources say surgery is a definite possibility.
*UPDATE* Manager John Farrell said Hanrahan pitching again this year is "a possibility" but Tommy John surgery "can't be ruled out."

Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan, who was forced to leave Monday’s loss in the 9th inning with a forearm strain, said he is still dealing with discomfort. The Sox placed Hanrahan on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season on Tuesday.

Hanrahan, who has never had a surgery in his MLB career told WEEI's Rob Bradford, “It’s been sore pretty much all throughout that area since Monday. It’s still sore, I can’t really grip a whole lot."

Prior to the Red Sox game against the Twins last night, the team announced it had sent the MRI images of his ailing right forearm/elbow to Dr. James Andrews hoping to determine the extent of the pitcher’s injury.

Andrews has been the alpha doc at the center of the sports medicine universe for decades. He's worked on everyone from Jack Nicklaus and Michael Jordan to Rajon Rondo and RGIII. Hanrahan is going to be out awhile. It's usually bad news when someone calls Dr. Andrews, just ask President Garfield.

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