Hand gets start Saturday vs. Mets

JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins are shaking things up a bit with their split-squad day on Saturday.

Brad Hand will get the start on Saturday against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium, and Henderson Alvarez will start at the Nationals in Viera.

Initially, Alvarez was scheduled to start in Jupiter, and Kevin Slowey was lined up to pitch at Viera.

Hand threw one inning of relief on Wednesday in a Minor League game, but he is being looked at in either the fifth starter or long relief role.

Tom Koehler also is competing for the fifth spot. Koehler threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in a Minor League game on Wednesday.

The Marlins face the Cardinals on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium. Jose Fernandez is getting the start.


1) Yelich CF
2) Dietrich 2B
3) Stanton RF
4) Jones 1B
5) Saltalamacchia C
6) Ozuna LF
7) McGehee 3B
8) Hechavarria SS
9) Fernandez P


Rafael Furcal (left hamstring) continues to move along slowly, and it is questionable if he will be ready for Opening Day. Before getting into a game, Furcal will go through a running progression. When he is ready to return, he likely will play in Minor League games, because that way if he opens the season on the DL, he can be placed retro-active to March 21. In that scenario, the earliest he could be activated is April 5.

Ed Lucas (left hamstring) is scheduled to DH in a Minor League game at Port St. Lucie on Thursday. He hopes to be on the field in a couple of days.

Greg Dobbs (left quadriceps) is doing some baseball activities, but there is not set return day.

Joe Frisaro

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