Abraham On Toucher & Rich: Could Hanrahan Lose Closer Job To Bailey?
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The Red Sox shut out the Rays 5-0 thanks to a great performance from Clay Buchholz, who struck out 11 only giving up 2 hits.
The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss Sox closer Joel Hanrahan, John Farrell working with pitchers, David Ortiz, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jonny Gomes.
Reports on Sunday said that Sox closer Joel Hanrahan had a sore right hamstring and the team decided to shut him down for a few days. Is this a convenient injury since the closer has been getting banged around recently?
If Hanrahan returns and continues to struggle could Andrew Bailey become the regular closer?
They also discussed the turn around season that Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz are having so far this season. How much credit should be given to manager John Farrell? What has he done differently with these pitchers that wasn’t being done last year?
Plus when David Ortiz returns Jackie Bradley Jr. will be headed down to Triple A, will the trip down help the young player turn things around?