Hanrahan visits Dr. Andrews, mulls surgery

BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Joel Hanrahan was en route to Boston after being examined Friday morning by Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedist he saw for a second opinion regarding the flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.

Another MRI on the elbow was administered Friday, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Farrell said he spoke with Hanrahan on Friday, but the pitcher had yet to give any definitive word on whether he intends to proceed with surgery, a season-ending procedure, according to the manager.

"What's been pretty conclusive or in agreement with other examinations is that he's got some damage to the flexor muscle tendon, so he's en route to Boston as we speak," Farrell said. "I know that he'll revisit with the training staff and medical staff here.

"At some point, there's got to be a decision as to which course he's going to take to rectify the situation."

According to Farrell, tests have indicated the ulnar collateral ligament in Hanrahan's elbow is not involved in the injury, although the manager left open the possibility that further examination could result in electing to repair the ligament as well, requiring Tommy John surgery.

"Everything that shows right now is it's the flexor tendon," Farrell said. "If, in fact, that course is chosen to surgically repair the tendon, they would have the opportunity to fully examine the ligament at that time."

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