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Hand ready for whirlwind All-Star week

Veteran is only lefty, one of two setup men in NL bullpen
MLB.com @AJCassavell

PHILADELPHIA -- Brad Hand has a busy week ahead of him. The Padres' lefty reliever has a series to finish in Philadelphia before he catches a flight to Miami, where he'll take part in two days of All-Star festivities.

Never one to look too far ahead, Hand hasn't begun thinking about potential matchups in Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Brad Hand has a busy week ahead of him. The Padres' lefty reliever has a series to finish in Philadelphia before he catches a flight to Miami, where he'll take part in two days of All-Star festivities.

Never one to look too far ahead, Hand hasn't begun thinking about potential matchups in Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

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"I'm really just looking forward to getting down there, enjoying it," said Hand, who owns a 2.30 ERA in 42 appearances this year. "I haven't really thought about the game yet."

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Fair enough. It's Hand's first All-Star selection, after all. And he's headed back to Miami, where he was cut before the 2016 season, eventually making his way to San Diego as a waiver claim.

With an offseason home in Jupiter, Fla., Hand's entire family will be in attendance. His All-Star batting-practice jersey arrived in the Padres' clubhouse Saturday -- along with the toddler-sized version for his daughter, Lila.

Right now, the game itself isn't exactly at the forefront of Hand's mind. But it's worth asking when he might make his All-Star debut Tuesday night.

He fills a pretty clear role in the National League's bullpen. Among the six relievers on the roster, Hand is the only southpaw. He's also one of two setup men (and the only pitcher in the group who routinely enters games in the middle innings).

Video: SD@CLE: Hand gets Encarnacion looking to end the 8th

With that in mind, it's a safe guess that Hand enters a late-game platoon situation with a left-handed hitter or two due up. Here's how Hand has fared against the four lefty hitters on the American League bench.

Yonder Alonso: 1-for-4
Robinson Cano: 0-for-1
Mike Moustakas: 1-for-1, 2B
Michael Brantley: 0-for-1, K

Hand wouldn't mind facing any of them.

"It's going to be awesome," Hand said. "Obviously they're the best players in the game right now, so it's going to be a cool experience. Hopefully I can get a few outs."

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Worth noting

• Right fielder Hunter Renfroe was back in the lineup Saturday, a day after he was plunked in the left wrist by a 95-mph fastball. Renfroe played through the injury for three innings Friday night but was removed in the ninth when the injury began to swell.

• The Padres plan to give young right-handers Dinelson Lamet and Luis Perdomo a breather, moving them to the back of the rotation coming out of the All-Star break. For next weekend's three-game series against the Giants, veterans Clayton Richard, Jhoulys Chacin and Trevor Cahill are expected to start, in that order.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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