Joel Hanrahan Undergoes Successful Tommy John Surgery, Has Right Flexor Tendon Repaired


May 16, 2013

Joel HanrahanJoel Hanrahan?s road to recovery is officially underway.

Hanrahan underwent successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and had his right flexor tendon repaired, the team announced on Thursday. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.

Hanrahan on Saturday revealed that he was going to undergo season-ending surgery. He sought a second opinion from Andrews after being transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 9, and it was determined that surgery was the only option. It was unclear initially, though, whether Hanrahan only needed surgery on his flexor tendon or if Tommy John surgery would enter the equation.

Hanrahan is slated to become a free agent after this season, which means that the injury comes at a difficult time for the 31-year-old. Hanrahan is unsure what his future holds, but the reliever is disappointed with the way his season ended.

?Hopefully I?ll get another chance here maybe and I want to try to show the fans here what kind of pitcher I really am,? Hanrahan said Saturday. ?This year has kind of been a wash. Now it?s definitely a wash. We?ll see where it takes me from there.?

Hanrahan ended his season — and perhaps his Red Sox career — with a 0-1 record and 9.82 ERA in nine appearances.

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