Hand to DL with right ankle sprain

MIAMI — The Marlins have been looking for middle relievers to step up. Now, one of their left-handers has been shut down for a bit.

On Saturday afternoon, the club announced Brad Hand has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.

Lefty reliever Dan Jennings was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to fill Hand’s roster spot.

Hand, who is out of options, has struggled in several roles. In Friday’s 9-5 loss to the Brewers, Hand threw the sixth and seventh innings, and he allowed a run in each, including a homer to Khris Davis.

Hand has a 6.38 ERA.

Jennings has had a couple of stints with the club. He has an 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA. At Triple-A New Orleans, Jennings has had his ups and downs, posting a 4.50 ERA in five outings. The lefty, who made the Opening Day roster, has six strikeouts and six walks in six innings.

Miami’s bullpen has had its struggles, especially in the middle innings.

“I feel like a broken record sometimes talking about our pitching and guys pounding the strike zone,” manager Mike Redmond said. “There really is some opportunities for some guys to solidify roles. We all talk about roles. Everybody wants a role. There are opportunities out there for guys to solidify their spots in that bullpen to get consistent reps.”

Joe Frisaro

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