Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tigers Release Hanrahan, Who Needs More Surgery

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tigers Release Hanrahan, Who Needs More Surgery

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SARASOTA, Fla. - The Detroit Tigers today released former Pirate Joel Hanrahan from a minor league contract and said the right- hander will have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18.

Hanrahan had his right elbow ligament replaced in May 2013 while with Boston, when he also had his right flexor tendon repaired. Detroit signed him to a $1 million, one-year contract last May, but he never appeared in a game. The Tigers agreed in November to a minor league contract for $18,000 a month with a provision for a $1 million deal if added to the 40-man roster.

Hanrahan's fastball averaged 97-98 mph before he got hurt. Manager Brad Ausmus said before today's game with the Baltimore Orioles that Hanrahan could have helped the Tigers if he had been healthy. "He's going to get the surgery, rehab and reconsider what's next on his agenda - whether he's going to try and play again or not," Ausmus said.

Hanrahan is 22-18 with a 3.85 ERA and 100 saves in seven seasons with Washington, Pittsburgh and Boston. Hanrahan pitched for the Pirates from 2009 through 2012, recording 86 saves.

MORE MLB: BATTING CHAMP ALEX JOHNSON DIES AT 72

DETROIT - Alex Johnson, who won the American League batting title with the then-California Angels in 1970, has died. He was 72. Alex Johnson Jr. said today that his father died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer.

The elder Johnson, a Detroit native, played for eight teams in his 13-year career. He won the American League batting crown with a .329 average in 1970. Johnson had 78 home runs, 525 RBIs and a .288 average over his career. His final season was in 1976 with the Detroit Tigers.

He also played for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

NFL: VIKINGS TRADE CASSEL TO BILLS

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings have agreed with the Buffalo Bills to trade quarterback Matt Cassel next week for an undisclosed draft pick.

The Vikings announced the deal today, six days before NFL transactions can begin with the start of the new league year. The trade can't be completed until then, but the announcement wouldn't have been made if there were potential roadblocks for the deal.

The trade also wouldn't have been initiated had the Vikings not been confident in Teddy Bridgewater, the first-round draft pick who took over as the starter in the third game of last season after Cassel broke his left foot. Cassel spent two years with the Vikings, taking over in 2013 after Christian Ponder struggled to keep the job.

NHL: ESPN RETURNS TO PRO HOCKEY

ESPN is getting back into broadcasting professional hockey after landing the U.S. rights for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The NHL and NHL Players' Association, who are overseeing the eight-team international tournament, jointly announced the decision today. …

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