Some bad news coming out of Spring Training this morning as Joel Hanrahan is reported to be out with a right flexor-pronator strain, and will visit Dr. James Andrews next week, a visit that is never good. Chuck Finder has the following quote from Hanrahan:
“It’s something that I kind of battled with in August and Septemeber,” months where he permitted opponents to hit a .162 average and crafted a 0.42 ERA. “I felt good coming into mini-camp [a month ago]; probably cranked it up a little too much there. I tried to psyche myself out and say it wasn’t anything. I took about a week off after mini-camp. Didn’t feel great. I felt like I could throw, but I wouldn’t do any help to myself or the team. Got it checked out. Just got a little setback.”
“Nothing structural. It’s like tendinitis — a little strain in the forearm.”
“Hopefully, it won’t be anything that lingers around all year. Get it taken care of now. If I miss two weeks to a month, it’s better than missing the whole year. This is the first time I’ve really dealt with any elbow [problem]. I mean, I’ve never had surgery on anything. That’s not even in the question right now — that’s a positive. I just kind of want to make sure it’s gone and be healthy for the rest of the year.”
Neal Huntington also said that the Pirates were “content” with the bullpen options they had, and that Hanrahan would likely start the season on the disabled list. Hopefully the injury isn’t serious and is only something that will keep Hanrahan out of action for a month or two. The Pirates have Octavio Dotel as the closer, and Brendan Donnelly and Evan Meek in the late innings. Javier Lopez will likely win a spot as a middle reliever, and D.J. Carrasco seems like a lock for the long relief role. There are now two spots open in the bullpen, with at least 15 options in Spring Training battling it out for those two spots.
Some more injury news:
-Ramon Vazquez underwent arthroscopic knee surgery back in November, but should be ready by Spring Training. I wouldn’t mind if Vazquez started the year on the disabled list, as it would allow the Pirates to give John Raynor some time to start the season in the majors.
-Jose Ascanio is due back in June from his shoulder injury.
-Tyler Yates is due back in July from Tommy John surgery.
-Craig Hansen will throw off of a mound March 10th to determine his recovery course from his nerve injury.
-Neal Cotts is due back in mid-June from Tommy John surgery.
-Jimmy Barthmaier is due back in mid-May from Tommy John surgery.