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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
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Tigers re-signed RHP Joel Hanrahan to a minor league contract.
The deal was reported earlier Friday by USA Today's Bob Nightengale, and general manager Dave Dombrowski has confirmed it. Hanrahan will make $1 million guaranteed and a total of $3.5 million as long as he remains healthy. He didn't make an appearance in 2014 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, but Dombrowski said he's expected to be ready to go for spring training. Fri, Nov 14, 2014 03:55:00 PM

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USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Tigers have re-signed Joel Hanrahan to a one-year, $1 million contract.

The $1 million is guaranteed in what will technically be a minor league deal, but Hanrahan will receive a total of $3.5 million as long as he remains healthy. The veteran reliever never threw a pitch for the Tigers this season after being signed in May as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery. The Tigers are obviously hoping the low-risk gamble will turn out better this time. Hanrahan could eventually challenge Joe Nathan at closer if he can regain his pre-surgery form.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 12:05:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Tigers have talked to Joel Hanrahan about him returning on a minor league contract.

The Tigers signed Hanrahan in May, but he never threw a pitch for the club this season because his rehab from Tommy John surgery took longer than expected. However, he could be an asset if he's ready to go for 2015.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 01:56:00 PM

Tigers activated RHP Joel Hanrahan from the 60-day disabled list.

Hanrahan never threw a pitch for the Tigers after signing in May while he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery. He'll be a free agent this winter.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 09:50:00 AM

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.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 07:13:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 09:46:00 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."
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 11:15:00 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.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 04:58:00 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.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 04:41:00 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.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 10:30:00 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.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 04:41:00 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.
Wed, May 21, 2014 10:53:00 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.
Fri, May 16, 2014 09:07:00 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.
Fri, May 2, 2014 12:09:00 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.
Fri, May 2, 2014 10:37:00 AM

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SS1Jose Iglesias
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S1David Price
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3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
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Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Joel Hanrahan
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7Alex Wilson
8Blaine Hardy
9Josh Zeid
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