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Hanrahan long-tossing to build arm strength

Hanrahan long-tossing to build arm strength

BOSTON -- Joel Hanrahan has been slowed down a bit in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The recently signed reliever has resumed long-tossing in Lakeland, Fla., to strengthen his arm after he was shut down early from a bullpen session.

"He did it one day and then we shut him down," Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Friday. "The second session, he was having issues as well."

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Rand did not characterize the move as a setback. It's not any sort of injury or soreness, he said, but a lack of strength.

"We're taking the approach that we need to build up arm strength on him, and he's been doing a lot better," Rand said.

Hanrahan will be evaluated again in a week, so he won't face hitters again until next weekend at the earliest. What that means for his timetable to join Detroit remains to be seen. Neither Hanrahan nor the Tigers put a firm date on that, but the hope has been that he could be ready at some point in June.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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