Hanrahan throws short bullpen session

Joel Hanrahan now has a baseline for where he’s throwing in his comeback attempt. It’s not near full strength.

“He said he didn’t feel 100 percent today,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday after Hanrahan’s first bullpen session of Spring Training.

That repeats what Ausmus cautioned on Friday when asked about Hanrahan, the former All-Star closer trying to return after missing most of the last two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Hanrahan was among the pitchers scheduled to throw off the back mounds at Tigertown Saturday morning, but it was a relatively short session.

“He said he didn’t feel his best today,” Ausmus said. “He’ll come back in a couple days, see how it goes.”

Hanrahan went to work out after his session, which might be a good sign in itself compared to the training room. He said Friday he couldn’t put a percentage on how strong he’s throwing, but that he’s simply hoping to keep throwing at this point.

“As long as I can get up on the mound and walk off on my own power and not have to shut anything down early,” Hanrahan said Friday. “There might be some days where I’ll need an extra day or something because it’s been almost two years now that I haven’t really played organized ball. We’ll see but right now I’m just trying to fit in with everybody else, go out there and do what I can.”

Hanrahan is tentatively scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Monday.


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