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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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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).

‘€œI 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. ‘€œ[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.

‘€œWe 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. ‘€œObviously 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.

‘€œThere’€™s nothing different. My job is to go out there and put a zero,’€ Hanarhan said. ‘€œIt 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.

‘€œIt felt good. I felt like I made some decent pitches that got hit,’€ Hanrahan said. ‘€œAny 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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