“There’s probably a lot of things going on,” said one veteran scout at Fenway Thursday night. “He’s with a new team, a new league, he’s a free agent after this year, and he wants to be his best. He’s probably putting way too much pressure on himself at this point where he just needs to relax and respect his stuff. Because his stuff does translate to this league.”
There’s no closer controversy. Just a closer alert.
Hanrahan has to make the adjustments, and understand that the American League presents a greater challenge for any pitcher.
Nobody said it was going to be easy. And with Tampa Bay coming to town this weekend, it won’t be. At least we believe Ortiz will be back (barring a setback) — likely after the Cleveland road series next week — to add the thumper to the lineup.