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Joel Hanrahan is not close to joining the Tigers

Jul 16, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Joel Hanrahan signed with the Tigers in May with the idea that he’d be ready to return from Tommy John elbow surgery sometime in June, but now it’s mid-July and the 32-year-old former All-Star closer is still not close to joining Detroit’s bullpen.

General manager Dave Dombrowski told Chris Iott of MLive.com that there’s no timetable for his return and “I really don’t know what’s going to happen with his┬ásituation.”

Hanrahan last pitched in a big-league game on May 6 of last year for the Red Sox and he’s currently about 14 months removed from surgery, so not being ready to face MLB hitters yet isn’t shocking.

He’s also worth showing patience for, because before the injury Hanrahan was one of the hardest-throwing relievers in baseball and from 2010-2012 he posted a 2.73 ERA with 228 strikeouts in 198 innings.

  1. grumpyoleman - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Next years closer.

  2. hieronymous27 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    You may be a grumpyoleman but you are right on the money. Nathan will be yet another year removed from his prime and will probably be more inclined to make more stinky’s in save situations in 2015.

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