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In a 0-0 tie game, Brad Hand pitched a scoreless 9th inning with one hit and one strikeout. Then Kyle Schwarber hit a walk-off home run, which landed Hand the win.
In four appearances, Brad Hand has one win and one save with yet to allow an earned run. He has looked effective so far as the Nationals closer.
Brad Hand earned his first save of the season but labored a bit with 26 pitches. Hand allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.
Although it's a small sample of 26 pitches, Brad Hand didn't record a single whiff on his slider in Monday's relief appearance. He'll hold down the closer role for now.
Brad Hand came in the ninth inning of a non-save situation. Hand pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout in his first appearance of 2021.
Brad Hand expects to have the Nationals closer job. After landing on the COVID-19 injured list, Hand's start to the season was delayed. Hopefully, Hand enters games in save situations in the near future.
Nationals reliever Brad Hand was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday, according to The Athletic's Maria Torres.
Hand and a slew of other Nationals players started the year on the COVID-19 list, but we don't know who actually tested positive for the virus and who was just a close contact and required to quarantine. Hand's return on Friday indicates that he was one of the latter, and he will presumably step right into the ninth-inning role.
LHP Brad Hand was left off the Nationals' Opening Day roster.
The Nats are dealing with some COVID-19 issues, which has left a number of prominent players off their initial roster. Kyle Schwarber, Josh Bell, and Patrick Corbin (among others) have also been left off the roster. Tanner Rainey should be expected to close in Hand's absence. As of now we have no idea how long the southpaw will be out for.