Are Brewers Giving Themselves a Hand?
I’m sorry. It’s 1:38am as I’m beginning this post and I just couldn’t resist that headline.
There was some Twitter chatter late Saturday night about Donovan Hand having gotten the call to the big leagues to replace injured closer Jim Henderson on the Brewers’ 25-man roster.
My best friend is going to the big leagues!!! @donovanhand I’m so proud!!!
— chris beverly(@CBEV_3) May 26, 2013
Should this prove true, it would be a good choice by the Brewers as he has been performing pretty well in Nashville so far this season (2-1, 3.18 ERA, 16 G, 28.1 IP, 32 K, 9 BB) and was the final cut made in camp — in Alfredo Figaro’s favor — down in Arizona. Hand also would provide the length that Roenicke said he would need if they brought up a reliever and started Figaro on Tuedsay. Hand has thrown 3.0 IP in relief on three separate occasions for Nashville already this season, including in his most recent appearance back on May 21st.
Though, if it is indeed Hand getting the call then there will need to be a corresponding move on the 40-man roster. Could that be Mark Rogers to the 60-day DL? Would they outright release somebody who hasn’t been performing in Triple-A this season? The only obvious option is Rogers to the 60-day. Though that would, once again, mean a tougher decision would be coming when Corey Hart needs to be added back onto the 40-man roster in a couple of weeks.
If you’d like to read up on Hand a little further, here is the profile I did of him for this year’s “Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers” series back in February.
Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers – #48 Donovan Hand
The Brewers confirmed this morning that Donovan Hand did have his contract purchased from the Sounds.
Also, as I figured above, Mark Rogers was indeed transferred to the 60-day DL to clear the needed spot on the 40-man roster.