Tigers bring Hanrahan back on minor league deal

Updated: November 14, 2014, 4:26 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Tigers have re-signed reliever Joel Hanrahan to a minor league deal with a big league invite.

Team president Dave Dombrowski confirmed the agreement Friday. Hanrahan, a former All-Star, has battled elbow problems of late. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery in May 2013 and hasn't pitched in the majors since.

Dombrowski says Hanrahan will start throwing after Thanksgiving.

The Tigers acquired Hanrahan about a month into this season, but he never made it to their big league roster. Dombrowski says he thinks Hanrahan could have gone for a guaranteed deal elsewhere, but the reliever basically felt he owed the Tigers after being unable to contribute last season.

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