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Red Sox among teams to scout veteran closer Hanrahan

Joel Hanrahan, who pitched for Boston before Tommy John surgery, threw at 87-93 mph. (USATSI)

If you assume teams might be interested in a hard-throwing back-end bullpen piece who's now available, you'd be right.

Close to 20 teams showed up to watch veteran closer Joel Hanrahan throw in a showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, and judging by the early reviews, don't be surprised if there's quite a bit of competition for the two-time All-Star.

Scouts there say Hanrahan looked fit and healthy, and pitched at 87-93 mph, putting him possibly ahead of schedule for someone 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery.

The Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Royals, Rockies and Indians are among the teams scouting Hanrahan, but that's only a fraction of those there to see the hard-throwing right-hander. Boston is an interesting entry in that Hanrahan was pitching for them when he went down with the elbow issue that led to the surgery; Koji Uehara eventually replaced him, and turned in one of the best seasons ever for a closer, but he's had a bit of a shoulder concern the past few days.

Hanrahan, 32, saved 76 games in 2011-12 for the Pirates.

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