Joel Hanrahan RP DET 10 Days

Hanrahan (elbow) is expected to be ready for spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Dr. James Andrews has told GM Dave Dombrowski that Hanrahan will be ready to go come in the spring, but Dombrowski admitted that the decision to re-sign Hanrahan is still "a gamble." The Tigers didn't see any return on their $1 million investment in Hanrahan last season, as he was shut down after suffering a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery toward the middle of the year.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 10 Days

Hanrahan has agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with $2.5 million in active roster bonuses, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports.

He signed a similar deal with the team last season, but missed the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. The Tigers' bullpen woes are well-documented, but Hanrahan would likely have to pitch his way into a high-leverage role, as he has not been an effective reliever since 2012.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 4 Months

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is "still a longshot" to pitch for the Tigers this season.

Making his way back from Tommy John surgery, Hanrahan is throwing bullpen sessions in extended spring training but has yet to face hitters and it's not clear when he might be ready to do so. The veteran reliever was only guaranteed $1 million by the Tigers, so while his lack of progress is disappointing, it's not a big blow.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 4 Months

Tigers transferred RHP Joel Hanrahan to the 60-day disabled list.

This was merely done as a procedural move to clear a roster spot for Drew VerHagen who is making his major league debut with Saturday's start against the Indians. Hanrahan has begun to make progress toward a return, but isn't expected to join the Tigers bullpen until some point in August.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 4 Months

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said earlier this week that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) has "made progress, but I can't also say that he's close."

Hanrahan is throwing bullpen sessions, but Dombromski said there's no timetable for when the reliever will face hitters and eventually go out on a rehabilitation assignment. "I really don't know what's going to happen with his situation," Dombrowski said. "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."

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 5 Months

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday in Lakeland, Florida.

Hanrahan has been trying to build arm strength at the Tigers' spring training complex in Lakeland since agreeing to a one-year contract with the club in early May. The 32-year-old right-hander could become an option for Detroit's bullpen near the end of July.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 5 Months

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) will face hitters in extended spring training this week.

Hanrahan was shut down for a bit last month in order to build up some arm strength, but he's now ready to take the next step. He should join the Tigers' bullpen sometime next month.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 5 Months

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is close to facing hitters.

Hanrahan was shut down for a bit last month in order to build up some arm strength, but he resumed throwing off a mound a couple weeks ago and doing much better. He could be added to the Tigers' bullpen around the beginning of July.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 6 Months

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) resumed throwing from a mound Tuesday.

The Tigers had shut Hanrahan down from mound work for a few days, as they wanted him to build up some more arm strength. There's no set timetable for the reliever being added to the big league bullpen, but it should come sometime next month.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 6 Months

Joel Hanrahan (elbow) was shut down from a recent bullpen session, as the Tigers decided he needs to build up his arm strength through long toss first before moving to mound work.

Hanrahan will long toss for the next week or so before being re-evaluated. If all goes well, he could resume throwing bullpen sessions next week. There is still no clear time-table for his return, but his agent suggested that it could come in mid-June.