Boston reliever Joel Hanrahan returned to the Red Sox on Tuesday, but won't regain his role as the team's closer. That job will continue to belong to Andrew Bailey.
With Hanrahan out with a right hamstring strain, Bailey converted five of six save chances, and has 20 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings.
"Obviously I've been out of the ballgame for 15 days and [Red Sox manager John Farrell] says he's going to kind of work me back in," Hanrahan told reporters Tuesday. "Bailey's been doing a heck of a job. I told him that I'm comfortable with whatever you want to do. The way the team's playing right now, I just want to fit in and do my part to help. I'm just excited to be back."
Hanrahan, 31, posted three saves, but had an 11.57 ERA with six earned runs allowed in 4 2/3 innings pitched. To make room on the 25-man roster, right-hander Daniel Bard was optioned to Double-A Portland.