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Rotowire: Mar 26 / 8:05a ET
News: Hand will start Friday's game against the Astros in place of Jarred Cosart (hand), Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hand has appeared in four games this spring, scattering seven hits and two earned runs over 10 innings. He's fighting for a role in the Marlins' rotation, but it's possible he could open the season in the bullpen if he loses out on a starting role.
Rotowire: Mar 18 / 1:25p ET
News: Hand spun four shutout innings Tuesday against the Mets, keeping himself in the running for the Marlins' fifth starter role.
Impact: Tom Koehler entered camp as the incumbent and favorite to grab the job but has been out-pitched by both Brad Hand and David Phelps in Grapefruit League action. Hand has looked solid over eight spring innings, but struggled with command at times, walking six batters against four strikeouts. Both Hand and Phelps will be in the mix for bullpen roles if they lose out on rotation spots and the fact that Hand is out of options could play in his favor as final cuts are made.
Rotowire: Feb 22 / 1:29p ET
News: Hand will prepare as a starter during spring training, though his role for the season has yet to be determined, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Hand split time between the rotation and bullpen last season, registering a 4.38 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 111 innings (16 starts and 16 relief appearances). Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos, Jarred Cosart, Dan Haren and Tom Koehler project as the Marlins' top five starters, so Hand will compete with David Phelps to claim a role as a swingman. Hand is out of minor league options, potentially giving him an inside track to break camp with the club this season.