Tigers not impressed with Joel Hanrahan’s latest bullpen session


The Tigers signed reliever Joel Hanrahan to a minor league deal on May 2, knowing full well the right-hander is still working his way back from elbow surgery last May. They hoped he wouldn’t have any issues and would eventually be able to contribute out of the bullpen some time in June. Hanrahan suffered a minor setback on Friday.

James Schmehl of MLive.com reports that the Tigers shut down Hanrahan during his second bullpen session and will have him resume a long toss program. Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said that Hanrahan’s arm strength still isn’t up to par yet. Hanrahan will long toss for about a week and then will be reevaluated. If everything goes according to plan, Hanrahan could throw a bullpen next week.

Cardinals sign pitcher Miles Mikolas to 3-year, $55.75M deal

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ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.

The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.

Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.

Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.

“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.