Relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan has been placed on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season, the Red Sox announced Tuesday, and pitcher Allen Webster has been called up from Triple A Pawtucket.
Hanrahan, who left Monday’s game vs. the Twins in the ninth inning, missed 15 games in April because of a hamstring strain, then appeared in three games before this injury.
“After the MRI, it was clear there was inflammation in the right forearm,” said Sox manager John Farrell. “There’s a strain to the right forearm. It’s probably going to be a period of time for a shutdown and a recovery for him. That’s where Joel’s at right now.”
Webster will start Wednesday night’s game vs. the Twins, and scheduled starter Felix Doubront has been moved to the bullpen. Webster made his major league debut in April against the Royals (6 IP, 5 K, no decision) and has also made four starts for the PawSox (1-0, 2.70 ERA).
“I think everyone looks forward to seeing that guy on the mound,” Farrell said. “He’s got great stuff. He’s showed he’s got very good poise in the first outing he made for us and we’ll see it again [Wednesday night].”
Doubront will only be in the bullpen through this turn in the rotation, Farrell said.
“As we’re going through this couple-day period to somewhat regroup and get our pitching back on track, this was the one way that we could communicate to everyone involved — pitchers — that this would be a concrete plan over the next couple days.
“We didn’t want Felix going down and either getting loose or possibly being available — he is available tonight — but potentially coming into that game with the thought of him starting tomorrow as well. This was the way to be clear-cut about it.”
Some more notes:
• Franklin Morales will throw two innings Wednesday in Portland. Farrell said the plan was still to stretch out Morales so he could be a starter if needed, though it may change in the next few days. “We’ve got to get his first outing under his belt and then we’ll go from there,” said Farrell.
• The noticeable decline in Doubront’s velocity could change should Doubront come out of the bullpen, Farrell said. The average speed on his fastball has dropped from 92.8 miles per hour last season to 90.3 this year. “You see pitchers’ velocity spike a little bit when they feel like they don’t have to go out and conserve or pace themselves,” Farrell said. “So that’s a possibility. We’ll see if he enters the game in that role.”
• Jose Iglesias has been out of the PawSox lineup the past two days after going 3 for his last 19 over six games. “Just in the reports from the Triple A staff is that they felt it was best that he needed some days to regroup,” said Farrell. “Kind of get back to what it is that’s allowed him to be a very good player, experience success. He’s dealing with some things.”