The Tigers signed Joel Hanrahan last May, thinking that they can deal with his rehab from Tommy John surgery and reap the rewards of some late season bullpen help. That didn’t happen however, as his rehab lasted longer than anticipated.
So they re-signed him this offseason figuring, hey, some more time and we’ll finally have a health Hanrahan. Welp, no:
Couple of injury updates: Joel Hanrahan still feels soreness in his arm and Rajai Davis is fully recovered from his groin injury.
— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) February 16, 2015
At least the deal is a minor league deal this year.
Hanrahan was one of the best relievers in baseball before the injuries hit, posting a 2.73 ERA with 228 strikeouts in 198 innings from 2010-2012. He has missed almost two entire years now, however, and the longer he’s out, the less likely it is that he’ll ever be an effective late innings option again.