Joel Hanrahan out a few days with hamstring soreness

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From beat writer Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald:

After a meeting this morning with Joel Hanrahan, manager John Farrell believes the Red Sox have identified a reason for the embattled closer’s early-season struggles.

Hanrahan has been dealing with soreness in his right hamstring since his second appearance of the season in New York, Farrell revealed today. And although Farrell called the situation “manageable,” he also conceded that it appears to have affected Hanrahan’s mechanics, specifically the drive he has been able to generate with his legs.

Hanrahan, who was acquired this offseason in a six-player trade with the Pirates, has surrendered six earned runs on six hits and five walks over his first 4 2/3 innings with Boston. The Red Sox will stay away from him for the next few days, using Andrew Bailey at closer instead. The rest should do Hanrahan some good.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.