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.