Hanrahan's MRI getting reviewed by two doctors

Hanrahan's MRI getting reviewed by two doctors

BOSTON -- The Red Sox sent the MRI results that reliever Joel Hanrahan had on his ailing right forearm to renowned specialists Dr. James Andrews and Dr. David Altchek.

"It's been sore pretty much all throughout that area since Monday," said Hanrahan. "It's still sore. I can't really grip a whole lot. I haven't really been doing anything but icing and riding the bike. There's not a lot we can do. Just sit, wait and do treatment and see where that takes us.

"The flexor muscle basically protects your ligament. That's one of the things they're looking at, to see how that ligament looks. Obviously I think you could probably go through this clubhouse and look at everybody's ligament and it's not going to be like a 12-year-old's ligament. So that's one thing they'll look at, to see if that ligament has been compromised."

There isn't much Hanrahan can do from a rehab standpoint until the team gets the evaluations from those two doctors.

"Joel is still in a shutdown period," said manager John Farrell.

Things appear to be headed in a better direction for Andrew Bailey, who is on the disabled list with a right biceps strain.

"With Andrew, we're hopeful to put a ball in his hand tomorrow to get his arm moving, to get him through the range of motion and initiate a throwing program," said Farrell.

Bailey is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday when the Sox begin a road trip in St. Petersburg. The club hasn't discussed yet whether he would pitch in a Minors rehab game or two before being activated.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.