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May 8, 2013

Red Sox Hanrahan goes on disabled list

BOSTON (ÅP) — The Red Sox have placed closer Joel Hanrahan on the disabled list for the second time this season.

Right-hander Allen Webster replaces him on the roster after being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Hanrahan went on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained right forearm. He left Monday night’s 11-inning, 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins in the ninth with forearm tightness.

He was on the DL from April 14-29 with a strained right hamstring. Andrew Bailey replaced him as closer but went on the disabled list before Monday’s game with a strained right biceps.

Webster is scheduled to start tonight against Minnesota. In one start with Boston this season, he allowed two earned runs in six innings in a 10-inning, 5-4 loss to Kansas City on April 21.

“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.”

In order to accommodate Webster’s start tonight, scheduled starter Felix Doubront has been moved to the bullpen. Webster 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.”

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