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As their big-league bullpen flounders in the early weeks of the season, the Royals are keeping their eyes peeled for external upgrades. The team will send a representative to two-time All-Star closer Joel Hanrahans showcase for teams on Thursday, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Hanranhan, the 32-year-old right-hander who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the past, underwent Tommy John surgery in May. He is still in the process of rehabilitating. The team has tracked him throughout the process, and appreciates his past success.
From 2010 to 2012, Hanrahan saved 82 games with a 2.73 ERA. He struck out 10.4 batters per nine and posted a 2.92 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He injured himself after being traded to Boston after the 2012 season.
By ANDY MCCULLOUGH. 5 hours ago