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Hanrahan may return by opening day

Hanrahan may return by opening day

UPDATE (2/25/2010):Joel Hanrahan received some good news from Dr. James Andrews today. Jen Langosch reports:
Right-hander Joel Hanrahan received good news from Dr. James Andrews on Thursday. Andrews confirmed the results of Hanrahan's MRI earlier this week (dissipating inflammation and no structural damage) and has cleared Hanrahan to begin throwing soon.
Hanrahan will begin throwing next week, and may be back in time for opening day. Very good to hear.

Andrews also examined Jose Ascanio, and reported that he remains on pace to return from shoulder surgery in mid-June.

UPDATE (2/23/2010):Per Jen Langosch:
According to general manager Neal Huntington, the MRI showed that much of the inflammation in Hanrahan's right elbow had dissipated. It also confirmed earlier tests that revealed no structural damage.
ORIGINAL POST (2/18/2010): The opening of spring training brought news of an elbow injury for Joel Hanrahan. Officially, Hanrahan has been diagnosed with “a flexor pronator strain in...

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