Joel Hanrahan on forearm injury: ‘I just couldn’t take it anymore’
|05.07.13 at 12:56 am ET|
The blown save and homer was not the low-point of Joel Hanrahan‘s competition with Brian Dozier.
On a 2-1 pitch, Hanrahan missed the zone with a 95 mph fastball. On that offering, he “felt a little pull, like my forearm went a little bit with the ball.”
At the time, he though it was minor, something with which he could continue pitching. It wasn’t.
He gave up a screaming homer over the Wall in left-center for a game-tying solo homer by Dozier. After recovering to punch out Joe Mauer, Hanrahan issued a walk to Josh Willingham. It was during that at-bat that Hanrahan realized that he was not long meant for Monday night’s game.
“Eventually I got to the point where I tried to make a pickoff to first, and the ball barely got there,” said Hanrahan. “I threw one more, and I just couldn’t take it anymore.”
He quickly exited the game for the training room, where he was diagnosed with what was described with a right forearm strain. He’ll receive an MRI on Tuesday. He’s had a forearm issue in the past — one that slowed him by about a week out of the gate in 2010 — but, by his own account, “I’ve never had a feeling like this.”
Based on his conversations with the team trainers, Hanrahan — who has now yielded four homers and blown two saves while working to a 9.82 ERA this year — said that he wasn’t necessarily alarmed. Still, his disappointment in getting injured so soon after coming off the DL for a hamstring injury is considerable.
“I talked with some of the trainers, and I feel all right about it. When we get an MRI taken on it, we’ll have a better idea. But it’s frustrating. It’s something I’ve never felt. I don’t really know how to explain it, I guess,” said Hanrahan. “This isn’t how I planned my time with the Red Sox going — dealing with the hamstring thing right out of the gate, and been back for two games, three games, and now this happens. Hopefully everything will check out all right tomorrow, it won’t be too serious, and I’ll get some time back later on.”
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