Joel Hanrahan

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  • 6' 4"/250
  • Age: 34

Joel Hanrahan MLB Career Stats

22-18 3.85 404.2 441 1.40

Joel Hanrahan Bio

  • Full Name: Joel Ryan Hanrahan
  • Born: 10/6/1981 in Des Moines, IA
  • Draft: 2000, Los Angeles Dodgers, 2nd rd. (57th overall)
  • High School: Norwalk, IA
  • Debut: July 28, 2007
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MLB Career Stats 22 18 3.85 362 11 100 404.2 441 1.40
  • Status: Released


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March 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM ET

Hanrahan to undergo second Tommy John surgery

Joel Hanrahan's comeback attempt is over. The former All-Star closer and invitee to Tigers camp will undergo another Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

March 2, 2015 at 1:39 PM ET

Hanrahan seeking third opinion on ailing elbow

Joel Hanrahan's comeback isn't working. He's going back to doctors to try to figure out why. Hanrahan, who has struggled to throw for more than a week with lingering soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow, will travel to Texas to see Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday. What the Texas Rangers' surgeon finds will likely determine where Hanrahan's career goes from here.


Joel Hanrahan Awards

NL All-Star

Year Team League
2011 Pittsburgh NL
2012 Pittsburgh NL

DHL Delivery Man of the Month

Month Team League
06/2011 Pittsburgh NL

SOU Pitcher of the Week

Week Team League
06/11/2006 Jacksonville SOU

SOU Most Outstanding Pitcher

Year Team League
2003 Jacksonville SOU

SOU Post-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2003 Jacksonville SOU

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Season SV Rank
2008 9 20th in NL
2009 5 25th in NL
2010 6 24th in NL
2011 40 6th in NL
2012 36 5th in NL
2013 4 21st in AL


Season G Rank
2010 72 14th in NL


Season HLD Rank
2010 18 21st in NL

Joel Hanrahan Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
March 4, 2015 Detroit Tigers released RHP Joel Hanrahan.
November 26, 2014 RHP Joel Hanrahan assigned to Toledo Mud Hens.
November 20, 2014 Detroit Tigers signed free agent RHP Joel Hanrahan to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
October 31, 2014 RHP Joel Hanrahan elected free agency.
October 30, 2014 Detroit Tigers activated RHP Joel Hanrahan from the 60-day disabled list.
July 19, 2014 Detroit Tigers transferred RHP Joel Hanrahan from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Recovering from May 2013 Tommy John surgery
May 2, 2014 Detroit Tigers signed free agent RHP Joel Hanrahan.
May 2, 2014 Detroit Tigers placed RHP Joel Hanrahan on the 15-day disabled list. recovery from right elbow surgery
October 31, 2013 Boston Red Sox activated RHP Joel Hanrahan from the 60-day disabled list.
May 9, 2013 Boston Red Sox transferred RHP Joel Hanrahan from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
May 7, 2013 Boston Red Sox placed RHP Joel Hanrahan on the 15-day disabled list. Right forearm strain.
April 30, 2013 Boston Red Sox activated RHP Joel Hanrahan from the 15-day disabled list.
April 26, 2013 Boston Red Sox sent RHP Joel Hanrahan on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.
April 16, 2013 Boston Red Sox placed RHP Joel Hanrahan on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 14, 2013. Strained right hamstring.
December 26, 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates traded RHP Joel Hanrahan and 2B Brock Holt to Boston Red Sox for 2B Ivan De Jesus, RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Stolmy Pimentel and LF Jerry Sands.
May 13, 2012 Joel Hanrahan roster status changed by Pittsburgh Pirates.
May 10, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates placed RHP Joel Hanrahan on the bereavement list.
April 12, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates activated RHP Joel Hanrahan from the 15-day disabled list.
April 8, 2010 sent RHP Joel Hanrahan on a rehab assignment to Bradenton Marauders.
April 4, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates placed RHP Joel Hanrahan on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, 2010. Strained right elbow.
June 30, 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates traded CF Nyjer Morgan and LHP Sean Burnett to Washington Nationals for RHP Joel Hanrahan and LF Lastings Milledge.

Joel Ryan Hanrahan Bio Info

Married to Kim. Is a 2000 graduate of Norwalk (IA) Community High School, where his uniform No. 3 was retired in a ceremony on 12/17/10. 2012 Went 4-0 with 23 saves (26 chances) and a 2.38 ERA prior to the break and was selected to his second straight All-Star team...Finished season ranked fifth in the National League in saves and fifth in save percentage (36-for-40, 90.0)...His .187 batting average against ranked sixth among N.L. relievers...Posted a 1.64 ERA and 19 saves (22 chances) in 34 appearances at home and a 4.05 ERA and 17 saves (18 chances) in 29 games on the road...Held the opposition to a .156 batting average and recorded a 1.46 ERA in his 39 games pitched at night...Went 5-for-5 in save situations and did not give up a run in seven games (7.0ip) against American League opponents...Had a 17.55 ERA (6.2ip/13er) in the eight games in which he surrendered a home run and a 0.85 ERA (53.0ip/5er) in the 55 games in which he did not give up a long ball...Picked up first save in team game #9 on 4/15 at San Francisco...Converted first five saves before suffering first blown save on 5/8 vs. Washington...Was on Bereavement List from 5/10-12 due to passing of his grandmother...Converted 10 consecutive save opportunities from 5/9 thru 6/5...Suffered second blown save while picking up third win on 6/7 at Cincinnati...Converted 16 straight save opportunities from 7/4 to 9/17...Struck out the only batter he faced (Billy Butler) in the All-Star Game on 7/10 (also threw a wild pitch)...Had only three save opportunities and converted all three during the month of August...Was scored upon just once in his 13 games between 8/5 and 9/10 (11.1ip/1er), which included nine straight scoreless outings from 8/5-29 (8.1ip)...Suffered a blown save in his final appearance on 9/30 vs. Cincinnati, snapping his streak of 16 straight successful saves...Was scored upon just once (9/30) in his last 15 games pitched at PNC Park (15.0ip/2er), beginning on 7/5...The Pirates posted a 55-8 record in his 63 appearances...Did not allow any of his seven inherited runners to score...Finished season with 96 career saves and 82 with the Pirates (fourth on the club's all-time list)...Did not receive a plate appearance. 2011 Was named to the National League All-Star team in his first season as Pittsburgh's closer...Converted 40 of his 44 save opportunities...Was one of six pitchers in the N.L. to earn at least 40 saves and the third in team history to do so - also Mike Williams (46 in 2002) and Jose Mesa (42 in 2004)...Was successful in each of his first 26 save opportunities thru the All-Star break...Established club record with 26 saves prior to the All-Star break (previous record was 25 by Williams in 2002)...Also set club record for most consecutive saves (26) in one season, breaking the previous mark of 24 set by Mike Gonzalez in 2006...Was scored upon just six times in his first 52 games and had a 1.01 ERA (53.1ip/5er) following his outing on 8/15...Had three multi-inning saves (1.1ip on 4/4 at St. Louis, 1.2ip on 4/17 at Cincinnati and 1.1ip on 7/28 at Atlanta) - the first Bucco pitcher with three saves of 1.0ip or more since Salomon Torres in 2006...Faced three batters in the All-Star Game (0.1ip/1h/0r/0bb/1so), played in Arizona on 7/12...Suffered first blown save on 7/17 at Houston; entered game in 8th inning with two outs and a runner on base and allowed game-tying double...His second blown save also came in the 8th inning on 8/14 at Milwaukee...Gave up two runs and suffered first 9th-inning blown save on 8/21 vs. Cincinnati...Gave up seven runs (six earned) in 7.2ip vs. Cincinnati - had a 1.18 ERA (61.0ip/8er) against the other teams he faced in 2011...Suffered fourth blown save, but picked up his lone win on 9/23 vs. Cincinnati...Tied for third in the N.L. with eight saves during the month of September...Allowed just two of his 16 inherited runners to score. 2010 Joel Ryan Hanrahan...Is a 2000 graduate of Norwalk Community (IA) High School, where his uniform #3 was retired in a ceremony this past December 17...Served as the closer for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, where he posted a 1.80 ERA (5.0ip/1er) in six appearances...Participated in team's annual Caravan in January. 2009 Posted a 1.72 ERA (31.1ip/6er) and struck out 37 batters in his 33 games with Pittsburgh after being acquired in a trade with Washington on 6/30...Went 1-4 with five saves and a 4.78 ERA (64.0ip/34er) in 67 combined games with the two clubs...Also whiffed 72 batters and averaged 10.1 strikeouts/per 9.0ip - the 10th-best mark among N.L. relievers with at least 60.0ip...Posted a 0.93 ERA (32.1ip/3er) in final 30 games with Pittsburgh, beginning on 7/12 - the fourth-lowest ERA among Major League relief pitchers with at least 25.0ip in that time...Served as the closer for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, where he posted a 1.80 ERA (5.0ip/1er) in six games during the tournament...Began regular season with Washington...Earned first two saves with Nationals in back-to-back outings on 4/20-21 vs. Atlanta...Suffered first of three losses with Nats after being charged with three runs in 0.1ip on 4/27 at Philadelphia...Posted a 3.77 ERA (14.1ip/6er) while being scored upon in just four of his 14 appearances during the month of May...Was acquired by Pittsburgh on 6/30 and reported to the club on 7/1...Made debut with Pirates on 7/1 vs. Chicago and pitched a scoreless inning (1 K)...Gave up three hits, one walk and two runs in 1.0ip on 7/3 at Florida...Was also scored upon in next outing on 7/7 at Houston (0.1ip/1er) before making seven straight scoreless appearances from 7/12-28 (6.2ip)...Was credited with win for Washington from suspended game of 5/5 while spending off day with Pirates in Philadelphia on 7/9...Tossed season-high 2.1 scoreless innings (3 K's) on 7/22 vs. Milwaukee...Lined out in first and only plate appearance with Bucs on 7/22...Appeared in six of the nine games of Bucco homestand from 8/17-27 and was scored upon once (4.2ip/1er)...Struck out four of the seven batters he faced on 8/31 at Cincinnati (game one)...Made 15 straight outings without allowing an earned run from 8/19 thru the end of the season (15.2ip)...Gave up three unearned runs in 0.1ip on 9/11 at Houston...Pitched 2.0 scoreless innings on 9/15 at Los Angeles and did not pitch again until 9/27 due to a tender elbow...Pitched a perfect inning on 9/27 vs. Los Angeles and a scoreless frame in final outing on 10/2 at Cincinnati...Did not give up a home run while pitching with Pittsburgh...Allowed two of his nine inherited runners to score while pitching with Bucs. 2008 In first full big league season, began season in long relief, overpowered competition, shifted to middle relief and eventually earned spot as Nationals' closer...assumed closer role when Jon Rauch was traded to ARI, July 22...teamleading 84.1 innings ranked 3rd among NL relievers, while 93 strikeouts in relief rated 2nd in the NL...however, 42 relief walks also ranked 2nd in the 6 relief wins tied for 5th in the NL...established career highs across the board...converted 9 of 13 save opportunities and posted a 1.84 ERA when pitching in save situations...went 1-0 with 9 saves in 12 save opportunities and a 3.96 ERA in 24 appearances after becoming Manny Acta's closer on July 22...was 5-3 with 3 holds and a 3.94 ERA in 45 games before assuming the closer role...improved strikeout-to-walk ratio after becoming closer, improving from 2.03 (65 K/32 BB) to 2.80 (28 K/10 BB)...posted a .233 batting average against (.228 vs. LHB, .237 vs. RHB)...went 3-1 (7-for-7 save opportunities) with 2.83 ERA in 36 games when pitching on one or less days' rest. 2007 Became the first pitcher making a big league debut to triple in first career plate appearance since LAD's Doug Rau, Sept. 2, 1972 at STL...earned first big league win in 2nd start, August 4 vs. STL... was touched for one run on 6 hits in 5.0 innings and Washington prevailed, 12-1...allowed 3 earned runs or less in 8 of 11 starts, but recorded just 2 quality starts...became the franchise's first pitcher to post 3 wins in first 5 MLB starts since RHP Mike Thurman turned the trick in 1997-98...went 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA (10 ER/26.1 IP) in his first 5 starts as opposed to 2-2 with an 8.76 ERA (24 ER/24.2 IP) in final 7 games (6 starts)...when starting, Washington went 7-4... struggled with command and averaged over 20 pitches per inning with the Nationals...when walking 3 or less in a starting role, went 3-0 with an ERA of 4.25 (14 ER/29.2 IP)...when walking 4 or more in a starting role, finished 1-3 with an 8.69 ERA (19 ER/19.2 IP) final 4 starts, walked 15 and struck out 16 in 14.1 innings.

Game-By-Game Highlights: Was a revelation with the bat, posting a triple in first big league plate appearance (July 28-night at NYM), a 2-run double in 2nd start (Aug. 4 vs. STL) and another 2-bagger on Aug. 9 at SFG...thus, became the first MLB pitcher to record an extra-base hit in each of first 3 big league starts since RHP Clint Hartung (who posted an extra-base hit in his first 5 big league starts) turned the trick with the 1947 New York Giants.

In Minor Leagues: Was 5-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 15 starts with Columbus upon being promoted on July 28...allowed more than 3 earned runs just twice in his 15 starting assignments...led the Clippers with 71 strikeouts at time of promotion...fanned 8.5 International League batters per 9.0 innings pitched...was placed on the DL (strained right hamstring), April 27. 2006 Went a combined 11-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 26 starts with Las Vegas of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and Jacksonville of the Double-A Southern League...was designated for assignment and outrighted off the 40-man roster in January, and began the year in Jacksonville...was named SL Pitcher of the Week for the period ending June 11 (2-0, 0.00 ERA in 2 starts)...with Jacksonville, allowed 3 runs or less in 11 of his 12 starts, and allowed only 6.6 hits per 9.0 innings...batting average against in the SL was .138 with RISP...placed on the Disabled List, May 6-15, with a strained right hamstring...went 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA (3 ER/25.0 IP) in last 4 SL starts, May 25-June 10, to earn a promotion to Las Vegas...posted a 2.52 ERA for Las Vegas in 5 starts in August.
Game-By-Game Highlights: Struck out a season-high 10 batters on 2 occasions: May 31 at Montgomery and August 16 vs. Portland...July 4 at Portland, provided Independence Day fireworks with a 5th-inning solo home run.
2005 Started the season with Vero Beach of the Single-A Florida State League after beginning the year on the 7-Day Disabled List with a strained right hamstring...made the jump to Double-A Jacksonville on May 6...went 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 5 July starts...did not pitch during Jacksonville's post-season march to the SL Championship. 2004 In his first full season at Triple-A Las Vegas, tied for second on the team with seven victories and led the club with 97 strikeouts...went 7-7 with a 5.05 ERA in 25 games (22 starts)...ranked second on the club with 22 starts and third with 119.1 innings pitched...had his best start of the season on June 16 vs. Portland, tying a season high with 6.0 innings pitched while allowing one run on three hits...batted .281 (9-for-32) on the season and slugged a home run on May 4 vs.Tucson...posted a 4.11 ERA at home and 6.39 mark on the road in the Pacific Coast League. 2003 Entered the season ranked as the Dodger organization's eighth-best prospect...earned Pitcher of the Year honors in the Double-A Southern League and led the league with a 2.43 ERA...ranked fifth in the league with 130 strikeouts...allowed more than three earned runs in just two of his 23 starts for Double-A Jacksonville...posted a 10-4 record, tying him for sixth in the league in victories...named to the Topps Double-A All-Star team at season's end...had a 7-2 record and 2.67 ERA on the road...was 3-2 with a 2.21 mark at home at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville...allowed just five home runs in 133.1 innings pitched for the Suns...held opponents to a .239 batting average while with Jacksonville...began the season with consecutive scoreless outings of five and six innings, respectively, before allowing one earned run in 6.0 innings in his third start...pitched a season-high 7.0 innings on six occasions, including April 24 at Chattanooga, when he struck out 10 batters...also fanned 10 hitters on July 25 at Greenville and struck out a season-high 11 batters in his next start, July 31 vs. Chattanooga...allowed a season-low two hits over 7.0 innings on June 8 at Mobile...batted .100 (3-for-30) for Jacksonville, including two doubles...registered his first professional hit on April 9 at Tennessee...had a 4- 1 record in April, but posted his highest monthly ERA (3.21) in that month...had a 1.42 ERA in May, 1.95 mark in June and 1.50 ERA in one August start prior to his promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas...posted a 1-2 record and 10.08 ERA in five starts for the 51s...pitched 6.0 innings and allowed three earned runs in his Triple-A debut on Aug. 11 at Memphis...earned his first Triple-A victory on Aug. 26 at Fresno, as he allowed five earned runs in 5.0 innings...went 2-for-5 at the plate in the Pacific Coast League, as both hits were doubles...overall, he had four doubles out of five hits.

CAREER SUMMARY: Now in his fifth year in the Dodger organization...ranked by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in the Dodger organization...has posted a 34-25 record and 3.99 ERA in 95 games (93 starts) in the minor leagues...was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Year in 2003...was rated as having the best breaking pitch in the Double-A Southern League, according to Baseball America...that publication also named him the sixth-best prospect in the Southern League...was named to the 2003 Topps Double-A All-Star team, which encompasses three different leagues...has allowed just 37 homers in 512.0 innings pitched in his career, an average of one every 13.8 innings. 2002 Had a big season for Vero Beach before being promoted to Jacksonville, where he was 1-1 in three starts...between the two clubs, recorded 149 strikeouts in 154.2 innings (28 starts) to lead all Dodger minor leaguers...with Vero Beach, he was 10-6 with a Florida State League-leading 139 strikeouts in 143.2 innings...became the second hurler in Vero Beach history to throw two no-hitters in a season, joining Sid Fernandez (1982)...he no-hit visiting Jupiter on April 21, striking out six and walking two, and in a rain-shortened six-inning contest on July 4, he held Brevard County hitless in a 5-1 victory, allowing two walks and a hit batsman...selected to pitch in the Florida State League All-Star Game...ranked by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the FSL...after losing first two decisions of the season, went on to win seven of his next eight...pitched effectively in two Southern League playoff starts for Jacksonville, going 1-0 with a 0.67 ERA in 13.1 innings. 2001 Led Wilmington staff in innings pitched (144.0), tied for first in starts (26) and tied for second in strikeouts (116). 2000 Began professional career with Rookie level Great Falls after being selected by the Dodgers in the second round of the June First-Year Player Draft...Held opposing batters to a .221 average, the third-lowest among all Pioneer League starting pitchers...Went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his final five starts.