Wednesday March 4th, 2015

The Detroit Tigers announced on Wednesday that relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan has been released and will undergo Tommy John surgery on March 18.

Hanrahan also underwent the procedure in May 2013.

Hanrahan, 33, last pitched in MLB with the Boston Red Sox in 2013. He signed a one-year deal with the Tigers last May but did not pitch for the team. 

Detroit re-signed Hanrahan in November. Hanrahan reportedly felt soreness in his elbow during a recent throwing session.

Over seven seasons, Hanrahan has recorded a 3.85 ERA with 441 strikeouts, 198 walks and 100 saves. He earned All-Star nods in 2011 and 2012. From's Jason Beck:

“It’s going to be a slow rehab,” Hanrahan said. “Meister told me he wants me to go nine months without picking up a ball, and usually that’s four. I’m going to give it what I’ve got, do the rehab and see where it leads. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it through and hopefully get back on the field someday.”

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