Used to finishing, Hanrahan starts today

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Went up to Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan just before the clubhouse closed Thursday morning.

“Sorry, don’t talk on days I start,’’ he deadpanned.

Just checking, I said. Since he was a new guy, I wanted to learn what protocol I needed to observe.

“They didn’t have media the last time I started,’’ he said as I walked away. “They don’t have media in semipro ball.’’

In truth, it hasn’t been that long since Hanrahan started. He was drafted at 18 by the Dodgers as a starter and remained a starting pitcher until 2007, when he made it to the big leagues with Washington and went 5-3 with a 6.00 ERA in 12 games, 11 of them starts.

The following season he went to the bullpen, and it has only been the last two years in Pittsburgh that he found his niche as a closer.

Hanrahan will pitch an inning as a starter against Northeastern in just a couple of hours.