Hand to face Braves Tuesday

MIAMI — A left-hander is on the verge of being added to the Marlins’ rotation.

Brad Hand has received the nod to be called up and start on Tuesday against the Braves at Sun Life Stadium. The 21-year-old was a second-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, and he will be making his MLB debut.

The Marlins are expected to announce the Hand promotion on Monday.

Hand will be filling the rotation spot of Josh Johnson, who is on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder was in big league camp in Spring Training with the Marlins, and he has enjoyed a strong season at Double-A Jacksonville, where he is 7-1 with a 3.53 ERA.

The Marlins rotation has been exclusively right-handed before deciding on Hand.

Hand’s velocity is in the 88-93 mph range, and he has a plus curveball.

Joe Frisaro

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