MILWAUKEE -- Complacency is dangerous in any profession, but just small doses can be killer for a professional athlete.
Cruising through the minor leagues, Donovan Hand was already in Double-A just one season after being drafted in the 14th round of the 2007 draft. A trip to Milwaukee was right around the corner, or so he thought.
"I thought this game was easy," Hand said. "As soon as you think this game is easy it will humble you in a hurry. It was kind of what happened, but I learned it the hard way."
Hand stopped working as hard, his body wasn't where it needed to be and his performance suffered. Four years later he was still sitting in Triple-A. Even after a strong showing in spring training this season, Hand was the final pitcher cut from the bullpen.
Instead of wondering what could have been if he had taken the game more seriously years ago, the 27-year-old has owned up to his mistakes, put his head down and worked to overcome them. When the Milwaukee Brewers needed help in lo...