UPDATE: Even before Hanrahan’s meeting with Dr. James Andrews the Red Sox are placing him on the 60-day disabled list, which means no matter what the exam finds he won’t be eligible to pitch again until July. It’s an unusual move, at least timing-wise, and certainly suggests the Red Sox think he’s seriously injured.
On the disabled list with a strained right forearm, Red Sox right-hander Joel Hanrahan is scheduled to be examined further by Dr. James Andrews on Friday.
That’s obviously not a good sign and Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that Hanrahan is worried the injury is “more serious than originally thought” because his elbow remains “bruised and badly discolored.”
Hanrahan’s medical info has also been sent to Dr. David Altchek, who frequently performs Tommy John surgery on pitchers as well. For now at least the initial MRI exam revealed no structural damage.
This is Hanrahan’s second disabled list stint in six weeks, but the first was due to a hamstring injury. In between he’s thrown 7.1 innings with a 9.82 ERA and more walks (6) than strikeouts (5).
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.