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"I think in the long run we dodged a bullet," Hanrahan said at the time. Wednesday night, Hanrahan expressed concern that more is involved. When he had a similar injury with the Pirates in spring training 2010, he did not have the kind of bruising and discoloring in the elbow he has now. "Doesn't look good," he said. "Leave it up to the experts, see what they say, let them put their heads together and go from there. "If it is bad, I'm still 31, my personal setup will be all right. On the [bad] side, I've been here and I haven't been able to do anything I want to, to show anybody who I really am. So that part will stink if something bad happens." Farrell said ligament damage can't be ruled out, but Hanrahan's visit to Andrews should offer some answers. "I don't know that there's information in hand to date that says it's definite ligament issues," Farrell said. "That's where tomorrow's exam will be valuable in that area."
|The Red Sox on Thursday transferred reliever Joel Hanrahan to the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.|
On Thursday, Bailey played catch for the first time since going on the DL.
"Nice, easy catch from 60 feet, 90 feet," he said. "Felt pretty good. Go in there, see what they say, and figure out what I do next." Bailey is eligible to come off the DL next Tuesday but indicated that was unlikely. "I have no idea," he said. Too soon? "I would think so," he said. "I haven't pitched in 10 days, so that's not up to me." Bailey said he has yet to discuss whether he would need a rehab assignment. In the interim, Farrell has designated Junichi Tazawa to be his closer. De La Torre, who was acquired by the Red Sox last July from Cleveland for utilityman Brent Lillibridge, has held opponents scoreless in his past seven appearances (11 2/3 innings). This will be his major league debut. Farrell said De La Torre will be used primarily in low-leverage situations. How big a blow to the bullpen is losing Hanrahan? "A healthy Joel Hanrahan getting injured is a blow for anyone," Farrell said, "and a guy who's been a very successful pitcher, I don't know that you can necessarily just replace a guy of his ability and talents. "But regardless of the injuries we're dealing with right now, our expectation and our level of play shouldn't be compromised by that. That's the expectation here: to go out every night to prepare and put a game together to win." The Red Sox come into Thursday night's game with the Minnesota Twins losers of five of their past six games.