Hanrahan activated; role uncertain

April, 30, 2013
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The Red Sox have activated right-hander Joel Hanrahan (right hamstring strain) from the 15-day disabled list.

He will be available for tonight's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but it's unknown whether he'll be used as the closer moving forward.

Manager John Farrell had declared Hanrahan was his closer unequivocally after he was acquired in a trade from the Pirates last winter, but with Andrew Bailey racking up a win and five saves while striking out 20 in 12 1/3 innings, Farrell could be leaning toward the hot hand.

In an interview with MLB Network Radio today, Farrell wouldn't confirm whether Bailey would in fact keep his job as Sox closer, but seemed to indicate he was leaning that way.

"[Hanrahan is] active today ... Before announcing what his role is, when he comes to the ballpark we'll have a chance to sit down. I did talk to him after his final appearance in Pawtucket, mostly and specifically on just physically feeling fine so we can go ahead and make the roster move. The one thing Joel is, he's honest with himself, and he understands what's going on here. And the fact is if he's healthy he's going to make us a better team. But until I have a chance to sit down and talk with him directly and say 'Hey, I think this is maybe the way we should go for the short-term,' we'll probably wait until we meet in person here this afternoon."

Hanrahan, 31, is 0-1 with three saves, an 11.57 ERA (6 ER/4.2 IP), and four strikeouts over six relief outings for the Red Sox this season.

To make room for him on the 25-man roster, right-hander Daniel Bard was optioned to Double-A Portland after Sunday’s win against Houston.

Bard, 27, made two relief appearances for Boston after his April 24 recall, allowing one run on one hit and two walks with one strikeout in 1.0 inning of work.

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