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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Joel Hanrahan still has no timeframe for return

By on 7/17/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Detroit Tigers enter the second half of the season with a 53-38 record, six and a half games ahead of the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. An area that needs improvement in order to make a serious run down the stretch is a pitching staff which is 22nd in the league in ERA. As much as the Tigers need help in the bullpen, they cannot expect anything from Joel Hanrahan, who is still battling back from Tommy John surgery. Although progress is being made, there is still no timeline for his return.

Our own Evan Petzold reported on June 30 that Hanrahan had been playing catch, but there was still no timetable for his return from Tommy John surgery.

An update on Hanrahan, as reported by Chris Iott of, is that Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski is still not willing to put a timeframe on Hanrahan's return. 
"I don't think there were any expectations of timeframe, because I've dealt enough with people coming back from Tommy Johns and major surgeries like that. There's a lot of ups and there's downs and there's really not a lot of consistency."
There has been progress made by Hanahan, who has thrown bullpen sessions consistently over the past week, his latest session on Tuesday.  The next step in the progression would be for Hanrahan to face live hitters and then a rehab assignment.  But when Hanrahan will make each progression, according to Dombrowski,  is anyone's guess.
 "I really don't know what's going to happen with his situation. 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."
Hanrahan, a seven-year Major League veteran, has pitched for the Nationals, Pirates and Red Sox. Last season, he 0-1 with four saves in nine game with an ERA of 9.82. He allowed 10 hits, four home runs and six walks in 7 1/3 innings. Hanrahan has a career record of 22-18 with 100 saves and an ERA of 3.85. 

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