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Joel Hanrahan | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/6/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tigers released RHP Joel Hanrahan.
It's just a paper move, as Hanrahan needs another Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2015 season. The veteran reliever was in camp this spring as a non-roster player. Mar 4 - 9:09 AM

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Joel Hanrahan will undergo a second Tommy John surgery.

Terrible news. Hanrahan previously had Tommy John surgery in May of 2013, but hasn't been able to make it back to the majors. He visited a specialist this week after soreness in his elbow lingered and now he's headed for another surgery. The veteran reliever can now be ruled out through the early part of the 2016 season. He'll turn 34 this October.
Mar 4 - 8:22 AM

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) will visit a specialist in Texas on Tuesday.

Hanrahan acknowledged last week that his arm hasn't felt right since he arrived at Tigers camp in mid-February. He missed the entire 2014 season and the 33-year-old right-hander can probably be ruled out for a 2015 Opening Day bullpen spot. Hanrahan underwent Tommy John elbow surgery nearly two years ago.
Mar 2 - 8:55 AM

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is discouraged about his lack of progress in his throwing program.

Hanrahan, who is nearly two years removed from Tommy John surgery, hasn't felt right early on in camp and his throwing sessions have been put on hold. When asked what's next, the veteran reliever said, "I really don't know," so obviously the Tigers can't count on him. It's no wonder they brought back Joba Chamberlain earlier this week.
Feb 26 - 4:51 PM

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) threw a short bullpen session Saturday.

Hanrahan tested out the elbow but said he wasn't 100 percent yet. "He said he didn’t feel his best today," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He’ll come back in a couple days, see how it goes." Hanrahan has thrown just 7 1/3 innings since 2012, and he's in camp on a minor league contract. The right-hander is set to throw again Monday, hopefully with better results.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Feb 21 - 5:49 PM

Joel Hanrahan told reporters Monday that he is still being bothered by soreness in his right arm.

Hanrahan is almost two full years removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he obviously has some more hurdles to clear. He missed the entire 2014 season and might not be an option for the Tigers' Opening Day bullpen. Detroit re-signed the veteran right-hander to a minor league contract in mid-November.
Feb 16 - 3:42 PM

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

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."
Source: M-Live.com
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Alfredo Simon
5Kyle Lobstein
6Shane Greene
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Bruce Rondon
3Al Alburquerque
4Blaine Hardy
5Alex Wilson
6Ian Krol
7Neftali Feliz
8Buck Farmer
9Joe Nathan