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 situation.”
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.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.