Joel Hanrahan RP DET 6 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 7 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.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 7 Months

Tigers signed RHP Joel Hanrahan to a one-year contract; placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The financials of the contract are not yet known, though general manager Dave Dombrowski not surprisingly announced that the deal includes incentives. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Hanrahan was clocked as high as 93 mph during an audition for teams last month. The Tigers aren't setting a timetable for his return, but the general feeling is that they're hoping to have him by early June. Hanrahan could eventually work his way into being Joe Nathan's primary setup man.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 7 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers will sign Joel Hanrahan (elbow).

There's no word on the particulars, but the club has a press conference scheduled for Friday afternoon. Hanrahan impressed during a throwing session for roughly 20 teams a couple weeks ago, hitting as high as 93 mph on the radar gun. It will likely take him a while to become ready for game action, but he'll offer the Tigers some setup help ahead of Joe Nathan once ready.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 7 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers, Yankees, Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies are believed to be among the teams showing "strong" interest in Joel Hanrahan (elbow).

Heyman adds that Hanrahan has received "multiple" offers at this point, though it's unclear which teams have extended a formal proposal. The free agent reliever looked good in a showcase earlier this month and is not expected to hold another audition before signing on with someone. Hanrahan reportedly won't be game-ready until June.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 7 Months

Newsday's Marc Carig reports that the Mets "don't appear to be involved" in any talks regarding Joel Hanrahan (elbow).

Carig does add the "at the moment" caveat, but it's looking like the Mets will pass on the free agent reliever. Hanrahan was naturally linked to the Mets given the uncertainty in the back-end of their bullpen. The rigthy isn't expected to be game-ready until June.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 7 Months

Mike Puma of the New York Post hears that the earliest that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) will pitch in the majors is likely mid-June.

Hanrahan impressed during a throwing session for roughly 20 teams last week, topping out at 93 mph with his fastball. Still, he'll need some time before he's game-ready. The Mets remain interested and could be a good fit for save chances as he attempts to rebuild his value.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 7 Months

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) has received "a few" offers but is not close to signing with anyone.

Hanrahan was impressive during a showcase last week where close to 20 teams were present. The Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Royals, Rockies, Indians, Twins, Tigers, Blue Jays, Rays and Rangers are among the clubs known to have attended Hanrahan's throwing session.

Joel Hanrahan RP DET 7 Months

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) has not yet begun negotiating with any teams.

He's expected to begin fielding offers sometime next week. Some clubs, Rosenthal notes, have requested Hanrahan's medicals. The veteran reliever reportedly looked good during a showcase on Thursday in front of nearly 20 clubs, topping out at 93 mph. Hanrahan should pick a team before the end of the month but will need more time before he's big league-ready.