Former All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan, who has been sidelined for almost a year after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, threw for somewhere between 16-20 teams on Thursday in an attempt to make a comeback. Among the teams in attendance were the New York Yankees and the New York Mets, one of whom could use a little more depth at the back-end of their bullpen.
The Yankees have seen solid performances from relievers Shawn Kelley, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances, and Matt Thornton who have combined to give up a mere 2 earned runs in 23.2 innings pitched so far this year. Along with David Robertson, who is currently on the Disabled List, the bullpen is quite solid.
Hanrahan doesn’t seem to be needed in the Bronx.
He’d be more useful to the Mets, who almost immediately lost closer Bobby Parnell to Tommy John Surgery, and are now having Jose Valverde pitch the ninth inning. In his first five appearances Valverde pitched 5.1 scoreless innings, but he’s given up 5 earned runs in his last two appearances. So far his ERA for the season is 6.14.
It seems likely that if Hanrahan were to join the Mets, he would assume the role of closer immediately.
Between 2011 and 2012 Hanrahan recorded 76 saves, a 2.24 ERA, and was an All-Star in both years. His stuff was superb as his fastball averaged between 95-98 MPH. He also threw a hard slider which averaged between 85-88 MPH.