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Agent: Reliever Joel Hanrahan undergoes Tommy John in addition to flexor surgery 05.16.13 at 8:04 pm ET
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — While Joel Hanrahan had hoped that he would only require surgery to repair his torn flexor tendon, Dr. James Andrews also performed Tommy John surgery and removed bone spurs from the 31-year-old’s right elbow, according to Mike Dillon, one of Hanrahan’s agents at Reynolds Sports Management. Dillon tweeted news of the multifarious procedure on Thursday night.

Hanrahan, acquired in a trade with the Pirates in December, made just nine appearances for the Sox, going 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in 7 1/3 innings. He is eligible for free agency this offseason.

Andrews told Hanrahan that he’ll require an estimated 12 months of rehab.

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John Farrell: Red Sox not considering ‘drastic measures’ with Daniel Bard yet 05.16.13 at 6:30 pm ET
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Daniel Bard struggled again for Pawtucket on Tuesday. (AP)

Daniel Bard has been suffering through considerable control problems in Portland. (AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The reverberations of Daniel Bard‘s struggles are being felt by the Red Sox in Tampa Bay, even as the pitcher remains in Double-A Portland. Yet while his command struggles have reached a frightful extreme — on Wednesday, the right-hander walked five batters and threw two wild pitches while recording three outs, throwing just eight of his 30 pitches (27 percent) for strikes — Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the team is not yet considering removing him from Portland and either sending him to extended spring training in Fort Myers or shutting him down.

“Given what’s transpired not just in the last couple of outings but over a period of time, there’s some concern there. Any time you go out and you’re throwing 25 percent strikes, that’s a tough way to go,” said Farrell. “I know this is something that Daniel’s working through. He’s fighting through. We’re there to give him the best feedback that we can and encourage him along the way. He’s going through a pretty tough stretch right now.

“To say that it’s one thing and there would be a magic remedy for it, we would certainly give it to him. Yet it comes from repeating a delivery and what allows that to happen. That’s being in a good place mentally and confident that you’re going to execute a pitch in a given situation and that’s been elusive for him right now,” Farrell added. “We haven’t gotten to that point [of having him leave Portland] yet. Each outing is discussed internally but it’s more about continuing to address the needs of Daniel and trying to provide him that help as best we can. We haven’t gotten to the point of any drastic measures one way or the other.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Andrew Bailey to make Triple-A appearance before Monday return 05.16.13 at 4:07 pm ET
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Andrew Bailey

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Andrew Bailey threw for a simulated inning on Thursday afternoon, facing teammates Mike Carp and Ryan Lavarnway, and he will pitch one game at Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday in advance of his activation from the disabled list on Monday when the Red Sox meet the White Sox in Chicago.

Bailey has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a biceps strain. He is 1-0 with five saves and a 1.46 ERA in 13 appearances this season. Bailey suggested that he missed just enough time (he hasn’t pitched in a big league game in 19 days) to justify a quick rehab assignment before he rejoins the big league club as its closer.

“Missing time sucks, but I’m fine, so like I said, it’s kind of getting into a game and facing live hitters and see where that goes and making sure you’re able to execute pitches when you need to,” said Bailey. “I missed enough time to warrant at least one inning of just getting sharp like that,” said Bailey. “Everything feels great. Getting back baseball-wise, we just agreed to go one inning, and I’ll be fine. I felt confident throwing out there and being able to get outs in the big leagues. Just the routine of getting up and coming in a game and making sure everything is sharp enough to pitch here is the priority right now.”

Bailey suggested that, physically, he has no questions about his readiness.

“Everything feels great. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully we won’t have to cross this bridge again,” he said.

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Red Sox minor league roundup: Bryce Brentz heating up, PawSox bullpen dances 05.16.13 at 10:43 am ET
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Bryce Brentz has four straight multi-hit games. (Jim Allen/Portland Sea Dogs)

A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 6-4 LOSS VS. GWINNETT (BRAVES)

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– Outfielder Bryce Brentz went 2-for-4 with his fourth straight two-hit game and also drew a walk. It marked the fourth time this year that he’s reached base three times in a game, but the first since April 26. During his current seven-game hitting streak, the 24-year-old has seen his average rise from .243 to .284 and his OBP ascend from .308 to .342. The string of multi-hit games for Brentz — a hitter whose proven capable of extraordinary streaks — was not the longest of the outfielder’s career. Towards the end of last year in Double-A Portland, he had multiple hits in six straight contests, going 15-for-28 in the process.

– Right-hander Chris Martin tossed two more shutout innings for Pawtucket, requiring just 21 pitches (12 strikes) in the process. Martin, 26, has three scoreless frames since his promotion to Triple-A, and 24 shutout innings overall this year between Portland and Pawtucket.

– It exists! Read the rest of this entry »

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Juan Nieves on Daniel Bard: ‘It was never going to be a quick fix’ 05.16.13 at 9:34 am ET
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Daniel Bard walked five batters on Wednesday. (AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Even as the Red Sox celebrated their 9-2 victory on Wednesday night, there was a disconcerting development elsewhere in the organization. Daniel Bard had a dreadful outing in Double-A Portland, walking five batters and throwing just eight of 30 pitches for strikes, the latest episode in what has become a progressively worse struggle to find the strike zone.

Bard threw strikes on just 27 percent of his pitches on Wednesday, his worst percentage of any outing in the last two years. In five appearances since returning to Double-A after a brief promotion to the big leagues, Bard has now thrown strikes on just 34 percent of his pitches. He’s walked 13 in 3 2/3 innings.

Word of the most recent derailment took little time to reach Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves.

“I’m concerned over, of course, how he’s doing mentally,” said Nieves. “You’re always concerned about a guy’s mental state when he’s engaged in an at-bat and doesn’t do well. It continues to be the same thing.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Closing Time: Red Sox release the hounds in blowout victory over Rays 05.15.13 at 10:42 pm ET
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Stephen Drew's grand slam proved the decisive blow in the Red Sox' 9-2 win over the Rays. (AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Drip. Drip. Drip. And then the deluge.

The dam finally burst, as the Red Sox seemed intent on making up for a fortnight’s worth of failures with runners in scoring position over the course of a single inning. In a tie game in the top of the third inning, the Sox put runners on first and second with one out — precisely the sort of situation in which the team had failed so many, many times in recent days.

The team’s .179 batting average with runners in scoring position in May was the worst mark in the majors. That was complemented by a .283 OBP and .292 slugging mark in such circumstances, numbers that had yielded a horrendous offensive swoon — three or fewer runs eight times in a 12-game stretch. The futility had continued in the first two innings, with the Sox wasting a pair of doubles by going 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

But the Sox defied what had become their habit in that third inning, not just with a single exception but with a flood. Dustin Pedroia singled to right-center for a run. David Ortiz zinged a single down the third-base line for another run, with Rays starter David Price having to leave the contest with tightness in his left triceps, and the Sox suddenly feeling emboldened.

“It goes back to momentum. We feed off that. Really, any team feeds off that. David hits a ball down the line right there. Guys breathe a sigh of relief — OK, [Evan Longoria] didn’t make a great play on us and no run scores,” said Lester. “When things like that fall for us, it makes our innings that much better.”

A lengthy pitching change did not stop the momentum, as Mike Napoli jumped on a Jamey Wright fastball and blasted it to the warning track in right-center for a two-run double. Jonny Gomes then stayed on a fastball and lined it up the middle for a another RBI single.

Then, after Will Middlebrooks briefly interrupted the string with a flyout, the Sox did not relent. Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked to load the bases, a prelude to a two-out grand slam by Drew.

In one inning, the Sox had five hits with runners in scoring position — the same number they’d had in 40 trips to the plate in such situations over their previous four games. The result? A feel-good win in which nearly every Red Sox player who stepped on the field could feel as if he made a positive contribution, and a 9-2 blowout win for a team in need of just such a day.

“It goes back to us controlling the strike zone, putting up quality at-bats and when we’re right and we’re kind of clicking offensively, it’s when we grind deep into each individual at-bat and I thought we did that multiple times tonight, even though there might have been some zeroes that showed up on the board,” said Sox manager John Farrell. “We had a good offensive approach tonight.”

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

– The four consecutive hits with runners in scoring position by Pedroia, Ortiz, Napoli and Gomes represented the team’s longest stretch of consecutive plate appearances without an out with runners in scoring position since April 24, when the team had five straight batters reach (four hits, an HBP) with runners in scoring position against the A’s. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daniel Bard’s control issues deepen in five-walk yield for Portland 05.15.13 at 9:46 pm ET
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Red Sox right-hander Daniel Bard‘s command issues appear to be reaching the point of crisis in the most literal sense, as it seems almost impossible that he should remain in Double-A Portland while ensnared in a struggle for the strike zone that has become worse than anything he dealt with last year.

On Wednesday, Bard allowed a hit, walked five, unleashed two wild pitches and permitted two runs in one inning of work. He threw just eight of 30 pitches for strikes. The outing almost could have been deemed a positive step after Bard worked around a pair of walks in the sixth inning to limit the damage to one run by getting a double-play grounder and another groundout. But he returned to the mound for a second inning of work and walked all three batters he faced.

Bard threw strikes on just 27 percent of his pitches, his worst percentage of any outing in the last two years. In five appearances since returning to Double-A after a brief promotion to the big leagues, Bard has now thrown strikes on just 34 percent of his pitches. He’s walked 13 in 3 2/3 innings.

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