Ceda could factor into bullpen equation

JUPITER, Fla. — A year ago, Jose Ceda was making a case to earn a bullpen spot on the Marlins’ Opening Day roster.

But late in Spring Training, the hard-throwing right-hander experienced discomfort in his elbow. He ended up undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 12, and he missed the entire season.

Now healthy, the 26-year-old is heading into Spring Training without any throwing restrictions.

Ceda on Monday went through workouts in the Marlins first day of voluntary mini-camp at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

“I feel really good,” Ceda said.

He began throwing off the mound last week, and he has bullpen sessions scheduled for Tuesday and Friday.

“I’m getting stronger,” Ceda said.

Ceda could emerge as a factor in Miami’s bullpen. If not when the season opens, later on in the year.

With one more option on Ceda, the Marlins can send him to the Minor Leagues to get work until he is ready.

Ceda could be a candidate to start off at extended Spring Training to get some innings in, and then head to Triple-A New Orleans.

In 2011, Ceda appeared in 17 games for Miami, and he had a 4.43 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. The same year, he was 3-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 36 games at New Orleans. He struck out 53 and walked 13 in 39 2/3 innings.

Miami’s pitchers and catchers begin Spring Training workouts on Feb. 12, and full-squad drills begin on Feb. 15.

Among the pitchers at Monday’s minicamp were Ceda, Justin Nicolino, Dan Jennings, Steve Cishek, Tom Koehler, Alex Sanabia, Evan Reed and Anthony DeSclafani.

Some of the position players included Juan Pierre and Alfredo Silverio.

Silverio is an interesting player in camp.

The 25-year-old outfielder was selected by Miami in December’s Rule 5 Draft. Formerly with the Dodgers, Silverio is a five-tool caliber player who is battling back from a serious auto accident last January.

“I feel back to normal,” Silverio said after taking batting practice and going through fielding drills.

In Double-A in 2011, Silverio batted .306 with 16 homers and 85 RBIs. He had been working out on the Dominican Republic.

Joe Frisaro

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