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Ceda, James among roster moves

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Before facing the Mets on Friday afternoon at Digital Domain Park, the Marlins made six roster moves.

Right-hander Jose Ceda was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, while right-handers Chris Hatcher, Evan Reed and Omar Poveda were optioned to Double-A Jacksonville. Right-hander Arquimedes Caminero was optioned to Class A Jupiter, and lefty Chad James was reassigned to Minor League camp.

The Marlins now have 53 players in camp, including 25 pitchers.

Ceda is a hard-throwing right-hander obtained from the Cubs for Kevin Gregg a couple of years ago, and James is a former first-round pick.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins facing Italy in B Game

On Sunday afternoon, the Marlins will be taking on the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Chris Volstad will make the start for Florida, while St. Louis goes with Kevin Thomas in the 1:05 p.m. ET start.

Before the scheduled Grapefruit League game on the main field at the complex, on Field 2, the Marlins will be playing Italy in a B Game that starts at 10:30 a.m.

The exhibition gives the Marlins a chance to throw a few of their pitching prospects. Omar Poveda is scheduled to start. Brad Hand, Chad James, Rob Rasmussen, Chris Hatcher and Dan Jennings are lined up to pitch.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins updated roster numbers

A new season means some new faces in Spring Training along with some new numbers.

As a refresher for the upcoming season, Marlins fans may want to check out the roster page on marlins.com for the latest updates. For instance, first baseman Gaby Sanchez no longer is wearing No. 14. Instead, he has switched to No. 15.

John Buck, the club’s new catcher, will be wearing No. 14.

In the offseason, the Marlins made several significant free agent signings as well as trades.

Omar Infante, obtained from Atlanta in the Dan Uggla trade, will be wearing No. 13. Uggla’s old No. 6 is now being worn by catcher Brad Davis.

Javier Vazquez will be No. 23, while Randy Choate is No. 35. Other newcomers and their numbers are Edward Mujica (34), Ryan Webb (58) and Dustin Richardson (24).

Along with new numbers, one Marlin on the 40-man roster will be at a new position. Chris Hatcher, formerly a catcher, is switching to pitching.

Hatcher, the Marlins’ fifth-round pick in 2006, pitched a little in college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He also has thrown a couple of innings at the Minor League level.

At Double-A Jacksonville last year, Hatcher made one appearance, and he collected the win.

The Marlins also have signed two players with previous big league experience to Minor League deals — outfielders Jorge Padilla and Alex Romero.

– Joe Frisaro
 

Surgery a success for Baker

Don’t rule out John Baker being back in 2011, and perhaps being ready for Spring Training.

Baker underwent Tommy John surgery on Friday, having his right elbow ligament repaired by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. All went well.

baker1.jpgIn a text message on Friday, the Marlins catcher noted that he was upbeat. As for recovery, he said: “There were even some rumblings of the words ‘Spring Training.’ ”

Dr. Andrews on Friday also smoothed the olecranon — the bone at the tip of his right elbow. In 2007, Baker broke the same bone.

Baker is looking forward to soon beginning the recovery process, and he is looking forward to coming back “stronger than ever in 2011.”

With Baker out, Brad Davis currently is handling the Marlins catching duties. Chris Hatcher is backing up.

On Monday, the team added some catching depth by signing Mike Rivera to a Minor League contract. Rivera could join the club at any time.

– Joe Frisaro

(Photo courtesy of John Baker)

Rivera a catching option

Injuries have created a catching need for the Marlins.

Brett Hayes has a separated left shoulder, and on Friday, John Baker is undergoing Tommy John surgery.

To help address the ssituation, Mike Rivera, who has big league experience, has been signed to a Minor League contract. Rivera is at Triple-A New Orleans. He could join the Marlins at any time.

Brad Davis and Chris Hatcher are handling catching duties now for Florida.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hatcher, Sosa called up

The first wave of September call-ups have arrived. Right now, there are only a couple of additions.

On Wednesday, the first day of September call-ups, the Marlins selected the contracts of catcher Chris Hatcher and right-handed reliever Jorge Sosa from Triple-A New Orleans.

Hatcher, who opened the season at Double-A Jacksonville, promises to see some playing time now that Brett Hayes has an injured left shoulder.

Hayes was hurt during a collision at home plate with Nyjer Morgan in the 10th inning of Tuesday’s 1-0 win over the Nationals.

Hayes is expected to be out a while, meaning Brad Davis will get a bulk of the starts.

Hatcher enjoyed a 3-for-4 night at the plate on Tuesday night for New Orleans. Overall, he’s appeared in 101 games, and his batting average is .197 with five homers and 36 RBIs. For New Orleans, he appeared in 17 games and was batting .167.

Sosa, meanwhile, was 5-4 with a 4.73 ERA in 23 games, with nine starts, at New Orleans. He has been with the Marlins a couple of times already this season. In 10 big league appearances, he is 2-2 with a 5.87 ERA.

– Joe Frisaro

Turnbow released, other moves

Derrick Turnbow, who injured his right shoulder on Tuesday, was released early Wednesday morning.

Signed to a Minor League deal, Turnbow was bothered by shoulder tendinitis for most of Spring Training. On Tuesday against the Nationals in Viera, he threw 10 pitches, with just two strikes. On his last pitch, he winched in pain, and said afterwards that he feels he will be shut down for a while, if not need surgery.

Turnbow said he will spend a few days in Florida, before heading to his home in Nashville. He plans on visiting either Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum. Turnbow is open to surgery.

“More than likely I’ll try to have surgery and get it fixed,” Turnbow said. “Unless it is something that is just going to take forever to come back.”

Turnbow added that the Marlins said they were open to giving him another chance down the road, after he recovers.

In other moves on Wednesday, the Marlins optioned Jay Buente and Brett Sinkbeil to Triple-A New Orleans. Kris Harvey was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Re-assigned to Minor League camp were Dan Jennings, Matt Dominguez, Matt Peterson, Chris Schroder, Chris Hatcher, Matt Dominguez and Ozzie Martinez.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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