Hanrahan to have season-ending surgery

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Boston Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list Friday, will have season-ending surgery.

CBS Sports reported Saturday that Hanrahan will have surgery to repair his right flexor tendon in his elbow/forearm.

A six- to nine-month recovery is expected. However, Dr. James Andrews, who will perform the surgery, will also look to see if Hanrahan needs Tommy John surgery. If so, the elbow procedure would require an even longer recovery.

The Providence Journal reported that Hanrahan's tendon is "torn off the bone."

Hanrahan may have pitched his final game with the Red Sox as he signed a one-year, $7 million contract in the offseason.

Before the injury, Hanrahan had a 9.82 ERA, 2.18 WHIP and 0.83 strikeout-to-walk ratio in nine appearances.

With Andrew Bailey also on the DL with biceps inflammation, right-hander Junichi Tazawa will close games for the time being. Tazawa is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 15 1/3 innings this year.

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