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Hanrahan long-tossing to build arm strength

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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."

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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