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Koehler lands rotation spot; Lucas struck in hand by pitch

JUPITER -- It took all of spring training to decide, but manager Mike Redmond finally annouced on Thursday that Tom Koehler would assume a spot in the starting rotation while Brad Hand will work out of the bullpen.

"Jose (Fernandez) is obviously our main guy," Redmond said. "But for me, the other guys are young guys with arms. I know everybody makes a big deal about where they all fall in line. But, really, after Opening Day, it doesn't really matter."

Fernandez, the Opening Day starter, will be followed in the rotation by Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner and Koehler.

"Tommy Koehler for me, he pitched great. He earned that spot," Redmond said. "Brad Hand pitched well, also, and gives us another option as a long guy or a situational lefty. We're going to give him some opportunities to see what he can do. He had a nice spring and earned it as well."


Ed Lucas was struck in the hand by a Scott McGregor pitch in Thursday's eighth inning and was taken out for X-rays. But Redmond said early indications are the hand is not broken.

"(Trainers) seemed to think that it was away from the bone, so hopefully we dodged a bullet there," Redmond said.