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For time being, Joel Hanrahan will be setting up Andrew Bailey

04.30.13 at 4:10 pm ET
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Joel Hanrahan

TORONTO – Red Sox manager John Farrell met with Joel Hanrahan Tuesday afternoon to let the reliever know he would be filling the set-up role for the time being, having just returned from the 15-day disabled list (right hamstring).

“I had a talk with Farrell for a little bit today and obviously I’ve been out of the game for 15 days so he’s going to kind of work me back in,” Hanrahan said. “[Andrew] Bailey has been doing a heck of a job. I told him I’m comfortable with whatever you want to do. The way the team is playing right now I just want to fit in and do my part to help. I’m just excited to be back.”

According to Hanrahan and Bailey, no long-term plans regarding the closers role has been identified by Farrell.

“We didn’t get that far down the road,” said Hanrhan, who turned in three scoreless outings before struggling in his next three while pitching with a sore hamstring. “Obviously we’re just trying to work back in and see where it plays out. Whatever their decision is is going to be their decision. I’m just trying to help out.”

Bailey is 5-for-6 in save opportunities, carrying a 1.46 ERA while having struck out 20 batters and walked four. Opponents are hitting .140 against the reliever.

Hanrahan has served as a regular closer since the beginning of the 2011 season, having finished the fourth-most games (120) during that span.

“There’s nothing different. My job is to go out there and put a zero,” Hanarhan said. “It doesn’t matter what inning it is. Your job is to go out there and get three people out and put up a zero. You can see how it started out the year with Bziley. He was a closer for a long time, took the eighth inning role, was doing really well and he’s continued that with the ninth. The biggest thing is to go out there and hold the ring, or keep the lead where it’s at, or put up a zero.”

Hanrahan pitched the eighth inning for the Red Sox in their 9-7 loss Tuesday, giving up a run on two hits.

“It felt good. I felt like I made some decent pitches that got hit,” Hanrahan said. “Any time you get that leadoff guy on, it makes it a little harder. Overall, my health felt good. It’s a step in the right direction. Unfortunately gave up that run right there. Want to keep it to one run. I felt good – obviously it could’ve been better. I’m not going to be down about this outing. For me, it’s a step in the direction.”

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