The good news? The Detroit Tigers signed former Pittsburgh and Boston closer Joel Hanrahan to a one year $1 million deal bringing some much need help to the bullpen.
The bad news? The Tigers will have to wait until mid June before Hanrahan is ready to pitch in the big leagues again.
Hanrahan blew out his elbow last May, an injury that required Tommy John surgery. Although he has recovered from the procedure, Hanrahan will need about 5 to 8 weeks to get back into game shape after missing a year of baseball. For that reason General Manager Dave Dombrowksi immediately moved Hanrahan to the disabled list. That will allow the Tigers to send their new acquisition to Lakeland for extended spring training.
Last week the two-time all-star held work-out in Florida an attracted interest from a few teams but the Tigers won the bidding. But they didn’t convince Hanrahan with their wallet as much as they did the opportunity to win.
During his introductory press conference, Hanrahan said he had targeted the Tigers from the beginning of free agency. He added that his “good friend” Torii hunter helped recruit him.
When Joel Hanrahan joins the club in June, he will help fix a bullpen that has been struggling to find consistency on the back-end. It is likely that Hanrahan will assume the 8th inning set-up role