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Redmond hoping Hand can lock down fifth spot in Marlins' rotation

Brad Hand is getting another shot at earning a spot in the Marlins rotation.

Back with the team on Wednesday following six minor league starts on rehab assignment, the left-hander will start Thursday in the final home game for the Marlins before a nine-game road trip precedes the All-Star break.

How long Hand remains in the rotation, manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday, "really is up to him."

"We'll see how it goes right?" Redmond said. "We've tried some different guys. It's an opportunity for somebody to run with it. I would love for Brad Hand to step in there and pitch great and be the guy for the rest of the season. That would be outstanding. That would make things a lot easier for all of us."

The Marlins, who rank 12th in the National League in starter's ERA (4.03), have used 10 different starting pitchers through the first half of the season. That's tied for second-most in the NL with the Padres and two fewer than the Rockies. Part of that was losing ace Jose Fernandez for the season. The other part: injuries and struggles by Jacob Turner, who is now the team's long reliever.

Hand, who began the season with the Marlins as a long reliever, was 0-1 with a 6.38 ERA and awful 1.792 WHIP in 16 appearances before he sprained his right ankle back on May 24. He made two starts earlier in the year when Turner was on the disabled list. Hand didn't do very well in either start posting a combined 11.37 ERA and not getting beyond the fourth inning in either appearance, both Marlins losses.

He did pitch well, though, during his rehab assignment going 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in four starts with 22 strikeouts and nine walks for Triple A New Orleans.

"It was nice to go down there, get some innings in and make everything comfortable again," said Hand, who in 17 career big league starts is 1-11 with a 5.38 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 47 walks. "When you're a starter you're on a routine. You get a feel for certain pitches. This [season] was the first time I threw out of the bullpen. There's a learning period."

> Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is due to come off the disabled list on Sunday and the hope is he'll be ready then. But if he isn't, the Marlins aren't going to rush him, Redmond said.

Hechavarria, who has been on the disabled list since June 21 with a right triceps strain, fielded grounders and threw to first base pre-game on Tuesday and said his arm felt fine afterward. He'll do the same on Thursday and take swings. If there are no setbacks, Redmond said, Hechavarria will begin a rehab assignment Friday in Jupiter.

> First baseman Justin Bour, called up Wednesday to take the spot of reliever A.J. Ramos on the roster, has been logging some serious airline miles over the past month. Since making his big league debut June 4, he's been optioned back and forth from Triple A New Orleans twice.

"There hasn't been much time to settle down," Bour said. "But I'm not complaining. This last trip I went from Miami to Nashville for two days, New Orleans for one day and then I got taken out of the lineup and sent back here. I'd have quite a few [airline points] this last month."

But the Marlins get those.

> Ed Lucas, who had the walk-off, game-winning hit in Wednesday's 11-inning win over the Phillies, said he received a tweet from the fan who ended up with the ball he hit.

"He said it was flipped to him," Lucas said. "He's keeping it. I've got [the baseballs] for all my firsts. So I'll remember that one."

> Tom Koehler's baby watch continues.

His wife is due to deliver their first child on Saturday. But as Redmond said Wednesday: "I know that baby is ready. Hopefully it comes around 11 or 12 o'clock tonight. Let Tommy go out there and throw a complete game first."

WEDNESDAY'S LINEUPS

> Marlins (40-43): 1. Christian Yelich LF, 2. Ed Lucas SS, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee 3B, 5. Marcell Ozuna CF, 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 7. Jeff Baker 1B, 8. Donovan Solano 2B, 9. Tom Koehler RHP.

> Phillies (36-47): 1. Ben Revere CF, 2. Jimmy Rollins SS, 3. Chase Utley 2B, 3. Marlon Byrd RF, 5. Ryan Howard 1B, 6. John Mayberry Jr. LF, 7. Cody Asche 3B, 8. Koyie Hill C, 9. Cole Hamels LHP.

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A Realist

Why do you even post this garbage? Hand will come out and lose just as he has always done. This isn't even a discussion. Why write this useless article? No one cares about Hand and the other 20 uselss pitchers the MArlins run out there week after week. They are all garbage. From Hand right on down to Penny. No one cares. Write something when cheap Loria decides to make some interesting news by signing a good player.

MDX

Hand, really ?

Stan M

Realist, before you criticize Clark, remember that without his effort, this blog wouldn't exist. There are plenty of other things to criticize. I strongly urge you to get off Clark's back. You can dislike an article without saying it here.

I'd rather give Hand another shot than pick up another washed up bargain pick up. It seems as if he's been around forever, but he's still a 24YO kid.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Agree with Stan. Clark doesn't make the news, he reports it. Why kill the messenger?

What Redmond REALLY meant (but couldn't say) with his comments above is: "I hope that Hand can finally bring an end to this conga line of minimum wage has-beens that we've been running out there."

Dionysus Thelxinoe

However, I WOULD beseech Clark, Manuel & Co. to cease and desist on any further Furcal updates for the rest of this season.

Season up in smoke

You know that we're in trouble when we're signing Brad Penny to a minor league deal. I'd say if, I mean when Brad Hand gets shelled, we should consider promoting Nicolino. His K ratio is not good, but he is a Lefty with control who still trhows in the low 90's and is considered a top 10 Lefty prospect.

jeff

Where have you gone, Flav C?

Stan M

Agree, Jeff. Here is hoping all is well with you, Flav.

hayu

Betcha Flav is in Brazil for the World Cup.

hayu

A Realist should get a life, or at least a better understanding of journalism. What hogwash!

Lou Vales

Flav is fine. He probably needed some rest after waiting for a late game clutch hit this past weekend.

Get what you give

I agree, Up in Smoke. I was clamoring the same thing for Heaney, but didn't fully understand the minor league procedures (# of call ups, timing etc.) But he should definitely be called up as soon as possible. Hand has to succeed, because we already have a long reliever in Turner.

Seems like all the extra innings have taken there toll. Get well soon AJ.

hayu

Lou...It isn't the waiting, it's throwing stuff at the tv that wears you out.

A Realist

Stan and DT, this isn't news. That's why it's garbage. This is Clark not really doing any investigating at all. No one cares about Hand coming back into the rotation. It would be nice for these "journalists" to do some real work and actually report something that is interesting regarding the team.

And Stan, it's hard to tell, but it sounds as if you're taking a condescending (father to son) type of stance wen you "strongly urge" me to get off Clark's back. Or are you Clark? I don't know, but either way, a blog is for readers and fans of the team to voice their opinions on the developments concerning the team and the actual reporting of the team. So basically Clark should step his game up. I'm sure that Clark could've found something more interesting to write about rather than tell us about Hand being reinserted back into the starting rotation for the 20th time. No one cares. He sucks.

sammy

a realist/alex please go root for some other team

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Realist, what you're not taking into consideration, I think, is the difference between a beat writer and a columnist. Clark's job as a beat writer is to report events. Any subjective insight from him is inherently limited. A columnist, otoh, can "opine" and "editorialize," and engage in a level of common-sense suppositions that a beat writer cannot.

IMO, Clark and Manuel are doing a righteous job, while all the Herald sports columnists, especially Barry "Chipmunk Face" Jackson, are most definitely not.

larry

A Realist I read these comments faithfully, even though I seldom take time to put in my opinion. But here's my opinion. Stan, Lou, DT, Hayu and most others I read on here seem to know baseball and contribute to the conversation, whether or not I agree with them. But it seems like it's been a long time since you have had anything valuable to say. Your constant spoiled brat whining is boring. Is that condescending enough for you?

Stan M

A Realist, DT has explained the situation with beat writers exactly. Do you think Clark got where he is by being an unresponsive fool? What do you think happens when he has something personal to say but that can't be put in his column? Do you think he forgets about it? Or maybe, just maybe, he makes a call to one of his friends who write opinion pieces and gives them the idea or info. There is more than one paper in the Miami area that cover the Marlins. Ask yourself whose column do you look for and read first. Oh, and by the way. Saying that no one cares about Hand coming back into the rotation is an absolute; therefore incorrect. I care for one. Just for the record, when a certain person, now absent, was all over you for giving your opinion about Stanton, I spoke up right here and defended you. When that caused the same person to attack me in what I would call a vicious and unreasonable manner, you weren't anywhere to be found. That hurt!!!

A Realist

Stan, It was not my intention to hurt you by not saying anything, but when anyone says anything on here you and others jump all over them. So what you're saying is that it is ok to jump on someone when it's in defense of you, but not in any other scenario. A public forum is for people to speak their mind. That's what we are doing on here. I'm not sure why you and others take it so offensively. Scroll past it if it doesn't fit your taste. Most times I'm directing my comments at individuals other than the readers here on the blog.

Sammy and Larry, I haven't been on here in a while because our team is awful and it pains me to discuss it too frequently, especially with the promise we showed early on. When I was on here earlier in the season it was pretty frequent. I don't remember seeing you or hearing anything from you two back then. I am critical of this team when they are good and bad. Either way, I'm happy you two have come out and spoken. Hope to hear from you again. Don't go and hide after your one-liner. We need more fans to be outspoken about this trash heap of a franchise. We don't need people sitting back and keeping their opinions to themselves. Nothing gets accomplished that way.

Stan and DT, I didn't mean to offend either of you. I'm sure Clark is a nice guy, but that doesn't mean that every one of his stories are good. It really is a non-story that Hand is going to be the 5th starter again.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

A Realist, speaking for myself, no offense was taken. We're all here to express our opinions and it's not incumbent on us to agree, only to accept and respect the rights of others, especially when we disagree.

As you put it, we can "scroll past it if it doesn't fit your taste." I haven't always been able to, but I've done it here many, many times.

We're cool.

Who's on first

I also read this blog everyday and rarely write. I'm glad someone like A Realist comes forward and speaks his mind. There is no need to anyone to get aggravated since being able and free to give an opinion is what makes the country a beacon of freedom. Besides, where was A Realist wrong, when he said Hand is awful? Just stop with these experiments. Hand isn't getting any better. Yesterday he operated a miracle and pitched 5 innings of no runs. Just yank him out before the 6th starts and avoid the inevitable. Now the team will be under the impression that Hand can go out there again and pitch another 5 decent innings. Big mistake.

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