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Fri, 10 May 2013 14:53:40 -0700
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey (back) played catch for the second straight day Friday, May 10, but there is no date scheduled for him to throw off a mound. It looks doubtful that Bailey will be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible Tuesday, May 14.
Fantasy Tip: With Joel Hanrahan (forearm) out indefinitely and facing Tommy John surgery, those who poached Junichi Tazawa off the wire are sitting pretty right now. Koji Uehara could steal a few saves if Bailey's DL stint lingers, but John Farrell has been hesitant to use him frequently.
Tue, 07 May 2013 11:30:03 -0700
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell prefers to leave RP Koji Uehara in the eighth-inning setup role with both RPs Andrew Bailey (biceps) and Joel Hanrahan (forearm) injured. "The one thing I like with Koji is you're going to get those pinch-hit left-handers in the eighth inning, and he's so effective against lefties," Farrell said. "That's where you might get a little bit of that gamesmanship or the matchup capability in the eighth inning." Uehara doesn't typically like to throw on back-to-back days, either, in an effort to keep himself healthy. Farrell also cited that Tazawa has a better fastball than Uehara, which should make him more effective in the closer's role.
Fantasy Tip: Uehara's peripherals have been stellar this season, making him valuable in deeper mixed leagues even if he's not closing. Plus, the Red Sox's bullpen is in flux now due to all the injuries, so there's still a chance that Uehara could wind up closing in the long term if Junichi Tazawa proves ineffective and Bailey doesn't stay healthy.
Tue, 07 May 2013 11:23:16 -0700
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (forearm) strained his right forearm Monday, May 6, and he'll undergo an MRI exam Tuesday, May 7. "I felt like I threw the pitch and felt a little pull, like my forearm went a little bit with the ball. I felt like I could still throw the ball all right. I was like, 'All right, maybe that stretched it out a little bit, see what happens,' but eventually I got to the point where I tried to make a pickoff (throw) to first, and the ball barely got there. I threw one more, and I just couldn't take it anymore," he said. Hanrahan has a 9.82 ERA in nine appearances this year.
Fantasy Tip: John Farrell has named Junichi Tazawa as the closer with both Andrew Bailey and Hanrahan injured. It's very possible that Hanrahan will land back on the DL now, too, so it's probably now safe to drop him since Bailey will likely be back before Hanrahan is eligible to return. Tazawa needs to be owned in all leagues now, and Koji Uehara is even worth an addition in most leagues for his skills alone.
Tue, 07 May 2013 11:11:44 -0700
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said he'd like to use RP Junichi Tazawa as the team's closer with both RPs Andrew Bailey (biceps) and Joel Hanrahan (forearm) injured. RP Koji Uehara is expected to stay as the eighth-inning setup man.
Fantasy Tip: Bailey landed on the disabled list yesterday and Hanrahan is likely headed there after straining his right forearm last night. Run to the waiver wire to pick up Tazawa immediately. Uehara could be a long-term option for some save chances, though, especially if Bailey doesn't stay healthy this year, and he's worth a roster spot in deep mixed leagues for his skills alone.
Mon, 06 May 2013 12:40:06 -0700
The Boston Red Sox placed RP Andrew Bailey (biceps) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 6, and activated RP Craig Breslow (shoulder) from the DL in a corresponding move. Bailey was having soreness in his right biceps and underwent an MRI exam Monday.
Fantasy Tip: Joel Hanrahan, who had been relegated to the eighth-inning setup role when he returned from a DL stint of his own last week, will serve as the closer with Bailey sidelined. Hanrahan may have been cut by his owner when Farrell declared him the setup man last week. If so, scoop him up immediately. Bailey's biceps injury didn't seem to be too serious, but the team was taking a cautious route. However, given his extensive injury history, a quick recovery is far from certain. For that reason, Hanrahan needs to be owned everywhere, even if Bailey returns quickly and resumes the role of closer. If Bailey misses extensive time, Koji Uehara may also steal at least a few opportunities, given Hanrahan's shaky skills.
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:04:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Uehara is next in line with Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) sidelined and stands as a solid deep-league speculation for the long term; his elite command already makes him a useful RP play.
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:55:57 -0700
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan issued back-to-back walks Wednesday, April 10, and he's given up six runs and five hits (three home runs) while walking two in his last two outings. "To me, location is the most important thing," pitching coach Juan Nieves said. "His stuff is good enough. He throws 99 mph with the great slider. The consistency of that has to be a little better. Big-league hitters feed off poorly located fastballs and poorly located breaking balls." Manager John Farrell thinks Hanrahan's wildness is attributed to him being overly aggressive. If Hanrahan isn't available to pitch Thursday, April 11, RPs Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara are all candidates to close. Uehara only threw 12 pitches Wednesday, but they don't want to use him in back-to-back games to start the year.
Fantasy Tip: Hanrahan's owners have nothing to worry about right now, but the Red Sox coaching staff is making it known to him that control is of utmost importance in the American League. Hanrahan struggled with walking hitters late last year, too, so if this continues, it could get him into trouble.
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:49:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Uehara will need a lot to fall his way to receive save chances, but he's an extremely important piece to Boston's bullpen, and he can contribute solid pitching peripherals.
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