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Joel Hanrahan | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/6/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is "still a longshot" to pitch for the Tigers this season.
Making his way back from Tommy John surgery, Hanrahan is throwing bullpen sessions in extended spring training but has yet to face hitters and it's not clear when he might be ready to do so. The veteran reliever was only guaranteed $1 million by the Tigers, so while his lack of progress is disappointing, it's not a big blow. Jul 22 - 7:13 PM

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Tigers transferred RHP Joel Hanrahan from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

This was merely done as a procedural move to clear a roster spot for Drew VerHagen who is making his major league debut with Saturday's start against the Indians. Hanrahan has begun to make progress toward a return, but isn't expected to join the Tigers bullpen until some point in August.
Jul 19 - 9:46 AM

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said earlier this week that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) has "made progress, but I can't also say that he's close."

Hanrahan is throwing bullpen sessions, but Dombromski said there's no timetable for when the reliever will face hitters and eventually go out on a rehabilitation assignment. "I really don't know what's going to happen with his situation," Dombrowski said. "He's throwing. He'll throw bullpens again this week, but I don't know if he's going to take off from here or I don't know if he'll stagnate from here. I don't really know."
Jul 16 - 11:15 AM

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday in Lakeland, Florida.

Hanrahan has been trying to build arm strength at the Tigers' spring training complex in Lakeland since agreeing to a one-year contract with the club in early May. The 32-year-old right-hander could become an option for Detroit's bullpen near the end of July.
Jul 8 - 4:58 PM

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session this week.

Hanrahan was temporarily shut down last month in order to build up some arm strength, but he's beginning to make some progress. If all goes according to plan, the veteran right-hander should be a contributor to the Tigers' bullpen during the second half.
Jun 30 - 4:41 PM

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) will face hitters in extended spring training this week.

Hanrahan was shut down for a bit last month in order to build up some arm strength, but he's now ready to take the next step. He should join the Tigers' bullpen sometime next month.
Jun 22 - 10:30 AM

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is close to facing hitters.

Hanrahan was shut down for a bit last month in order to build up some arm strength, but he resumed throwing off a mound a couple weeks ago and doing much better. He could be added to the Tigers' bullpen around the beginning of July.
Jun 13 - 4:41 PM

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) resumed throwing from a mound Tuesday.

The Tigers had shut Hanrahan down from mound work for a few days, as they wanted him to build up some more arm strength. There's no set timetable for the reliever being added to the big league bullpen, but it should come sometime next month.
May 21 - 10:53 AM

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) was shut down from a recent bullpen session, as the Tigers decided he needs to build up his arm strength through long toss first before moving to mound work.

Hanrahan will long toss for the next week or so before being re-evaluated. If all goes well, he could resume throwing bullpen sessions next week. There is still no clear time-table for his return, but his agent suggested that it could come in mid-June.
May 16 - 9:07 PM

Tigers signed RHP Joel Hanrahan to a one-year contract; placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Hanrahan will receive a guarantee of $1 million, with a chance to earn a total of $3 million with incentives. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Hanrahan was clocked as high as 93 mph during an audition for teams last month. The Tigers aren't setting a timetable for his return, but the general feeling is that they're hoping to have him sometime in June. Hanrahan could eventually work his way into being Joe Nathan's primary setup man.
May 2 - 12:09 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers will sign Joel Hanrahan (elbow).

There's no word on the particulars, but the club has a press conference scheduled for Friday afternoon. Hanrahan impressed during a throwing session for roughly 20 teams a couple weeks ago, hitting as high as 93 mph on the radar gun. It will likely take him a while to become ready for game action, but he'll offer the Tigers some setup help ahead of Joe Nathan once ready.
May 2 - 10:37 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers, Yankees, Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies are believed to be among the teams showing "strong" interest in Joel Hanrahan (elbow).

Heyman adds that Hanrahan has received "multiple" offers at this point, though it's unclear which teams have extended a formal proposal. The free agent reliever looked good in a showcase earlier this month and is not expected to hold another audition before signing on with someone. Hanrahan reportedly won't be game-ready until June.
Apr 30 - 12:58 PM

Newsday's Marc Carig reports that the Mets "don’t appear to be involved" in any talks regarding Joel Hanrahan (elbow).

Carig does add the "at the moment" caveat, but it's looking like the Mets will pass on the free agent reliever. Hanrahan was naturally linked to the Mets given the uncertainty in the back-end of their bullpen. The righty isn't expected to be game-ready until June.
Apr 28 - 7:04 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post hears that the earliest that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) will pitch in the majors is likely mid-June.

Hanrahan impressed during a throwing session for roughly 20 teams last week, topping out at 93 mph with his fastball. Still, he'll need some time before he's game-ready. The Mets remain interested and could be a good fit for save chances as he attempts to rebuild his value.
Apr 22 - 9:58 AM

Chris Cotillo of reports that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) has received "a few" offers but is not close to signing with anyone.

Hanrahan was impressive during a showcase last week where close to 20 teams were present. The Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Royals, Rockies, Indians, Twins, Tigers, Blue Jays, Rays and Rangers are among the clubs known to have attended Hanrahan's throwing session.
Apr 21 - 7:29 PM

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