Teams continue to check in on Joel Hanrahan, who is throwing off a mound, ahead of schedule. Expected to throw for teams in spring training.The 32-year old reliever made nine appearances for the Boston Red Sox in 2013 before requiring Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries on his pitching elbow. Prior to that, he was one of the top closers in all of baseball, earning back-to-back All-Star selections with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 (40 saves, 1.83 ERA) and 2012 (36 saves, 2.72 ERA).
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The fact that Hanrahan's return from his season-ending operations in 2013 has to be a promising sign for any teams hoping for a return to form for the right-hander. As is typical with pitchers coming back from big injuries, it's probably safe to assume he'll be able to be signed to a low-cost, low-risk, incentive-based contract - as long as the rest of his rehab goes as smoothly as it has to this point.
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