Brad Hand sure didn’t look like he was dealing with an ankle injury Saturday when the struggling pitcher took part in pregame stretching exercises, moving about without even the slightest hint of a limp.
But the Marlins placed Hand on the 15-day disabled list anyway, with what it termed as a “right ankle sprain.”
More than likely, it was nothing more than a crafty move designed to remove Hand from the bullpen, yet keep him on the 40-man roster — at least for the time being.
Because Hand, 24, is out of options, the Marlins can’t send him to the minors without first clearing waivers.
And it’s doubtful that Hand, as poorly as he has pitched, would make it through waivers without some team claiming him. He is a lefty who throws in the mid-90s, thus making him desirable.
It hasn’t been a good season for the southpaw, who has gone 0-1 with a 6.38 ERA in 16 appearances (two starts).
He wouldn’t be the first pitcher on the Marlins to land on the disabled list with a phony injury while the team figured out what to do with him.
In 2007, the Marlins placed Jorge Julio on the DL with a “calf injury” after he imploded early in the season with a 19.06 ERA after only seven outings.
Shortly after returning from his DL stint, Julio was traded to Colorado for Byung-Hyun Kim. The Marlins are likely trying to trade Hand as well. For now, they’re keeping him stored away on the DL.
The Marlins replaced Hand in the bullpen with left-hander Dan Jennings, who was recalled from Triple A New Orleans.
this and that
• Not a single fly ball left the park on Saturday at Marlins Park, a far cry from the day before when the Marlins and Brewers combined for a park-record seven home runs.
• Miami’s first four hits Friday were homers, marking the first time that had happened in team history.
• Also in Friday’s game, Giancarlo Stanton, Garrett Jones and the Brewers’ Mark Reynolds each homered twice. Over the past 10 seasons, there have been only two other games in which at least three players homered two or more times.
• Friday night was also the third time in Marlins history in which teammates each homered twice in a game. The last time: Sept. 24, 2002, when Mike Lowell and Juan Encarnacion each homered twice at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
• Sunday: Marlins LHP Randy Wolf (0-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Milwaukee Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson (2014 debut), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Monday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3-2, 3.41) at Washington Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (3-2, 3.42), 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park.