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."
Finally headed to spring training ... Long week but finally on my way- Donovan Hand (@DonovanHand) February 12, 2014
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.