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Red Sox to place closer Joel Hanrahan on disabled list

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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Joel Hanrahan lands on the DL with his hamstring issue. (USATSI)

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Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan will be placed on the disabled list Tuesday, confirms CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Hanrahan has been hampered by lingering right hamstring soreness, so evidently the issue wasn't getting any better with just a few days rest.

Hanrahan, 31, has saved three of his four chances this season with an 11.57 ERA, 2.36 WHIP and five walks compared to four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. He's also allowed three homers in just 4 2/3 innings. In fairness, though, most of that damage came in a disastrous April 10 outing against the Orioles.

With Hanrahan on the shelf, Andrew Bailey steps in as closer for Boston. Considering he has 81 career saves, is a two-time All-Star and is off to a good start (1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 9 K in 5 1/3 IP) this season, it should be an easy transition.

As a corresponding move, the Red Sox have promoted right-hander Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket. Wright, 28, finally makes the majors after being in the minors since 2007. He was 10-7 with a 2.54 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 25 starts last season across both Double-A and Triple-A. So far this season in two Triple-A starts he's 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.

Also, Wright is a knuckleballer. So that's fun.

News of Hanrahan heading to the DL was first reported by Peter Gammons.

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