MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Donovan Hand will get an opportunity in the coming weeks to win back the 40-man roster spot he recently lost.
The team announced Wednesday that Hand -- designated for assignment last week when the Brewers re-signed free agent Francisco Rodriguez -- had cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Triple-A Nashville roster. Hand will still be in Milwaukee's big league camp, but as a non-roster invitee.
"Finally headed to spring training," Hand tweeted on Wednesday. "Long week but finally on my way."
The 27-year-old Alabama native nearly won an Opening Day roster spot last year with a strong Spring Training and was ultimately promoted to the Majors in May. He posted a 3.69 ERA in 31 games (seven starts) and pitched to a 3.38 ERA in 10 games in September.
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