By Evan Brunell
The Marlins placed Hanley Ramirez (pictured) on the disabled list Monday, retroactive to May 30 with a left back strain.
The move was expected after the hobbled shortstop spoke about how bad his back pain has been. But the team still waited a week to place him on the DL, meaning Ramirez will be eligible to return in a little over a week from Monday. The Marlins will move forward with Emilio Bonifacio as the primary shortstop until Ramirez returns.
To replace Ramirez on the roster, the club selected the contract of lefty pitcher Brad Hand from Double-A. Hand is only 21 but will make his major-league debut in place of Josh Johnson, who is dealing with shoulder inflammation.
Selected in the second round, Hand had a 3.53 ERA in 11 starts for Double-A, the highest level he has reached in his career with only 12 career starts. He's only struck out 44 and walked 27, so his statistics are far from dominating. Baseball America noted in its preseason organization rankings that Hand is young for the league and could eventually develop into a No. 3 starter. Hand's fastball ranges from 91-94 mph and he possesses a quality hard curveball, but his changeup still needs work.
Hand will make his debut on Tuesday against the Braves, opposing Tommy Hanson.