Boston Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list Friday, will have season-ending surgery to repair the right flexor tendon in his elbow/forearm, CBS Sports reported Saturday.
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.
---Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Jack Morris apologized to Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz a week after accusing him of throwing spitballs.
Morris, a 254-game winner, told ESPN Boston he spoke to Buchholz before Friday night's game at Fenway Park.
Morris said last week that after seeing video of the Red Sox 10-1 win over the Blue Jays on May 1, he was convinced that Buchholz was throwing a spitball.
Dirk Hayhurst, a former pitcher who is now an analyst for the Blue Jays, tweeted after the May 1 game that he "saw video of Buchholz loading the ball with some Eddie Harris worthy slick'em painted up his left forearm." He later told Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan that Buchholz was "absolutely" cheating.
Morris agreed with Hayhurst after seeing the video.
Buchholz has denied the accusations.
---The Toronto Blue Jays placed outfielder Rajai Davis on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique muscle.
Davis sustained the injury during Friday night's loss to the host Boston Red Sox. Toronto recalled right-handed pitcher Chad Jenkins from Class AA New Hampshire to take Davis' roster spot.
---Injured Los Angeles Dodgers ace Zack Greinke is targeting next week as his return to the rotation after making a rehab start Friday night for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
Greinke, who is recovering from a broken collarbone, allowed eight runs and six hits with four strikeouts and no walks in 4 1/3 innings. Though the result was less-than-impressive, he had no setbacks, according to CBS Sports.
Greinke thinks he can start for the Dodgers on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. If he does, it would be a faster-than-expected recovery. He has been out since April 12 when he sustained the injury during a brawl against the San Diego Padres. His altercation with Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin after hitting him with a pitch resulted in the injury. Greinke was expected to miss six to eight weeks.
---The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Washington was also without outfielder Bryce Harper for the second straight game on Saturday after having an ingrown toenail removed.
The Nationals recalled outfielder Eury Perez to take Werth's spot on the roster.
---The Detroit Tigers activated relief pitcher Phil Coke from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Luke Putkonen back to Class AAA Toledo. Coke has been out with a strained left groin since April 25. He has an 8.31 ERA in nine appearances.
---The San Diego Padres announced they selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Burch Smith from Class AA San Antonio, optioned right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger to Class AAA Tucson and designated right-handed pitcher Fautino De Los Santos for assignment.
Smith, 23, was 1-2 with a 1.15 ERA and 37 strikeouts in six starts for San Antonio.
Boxberger, 24, appeared in just one game for San Diego since being recalled on May 2, pitching 2 1/3 innings on May 4. He is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Tucson.
De Los Santos, 27, appeared in two games with Tucson this season, going 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA.