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Angels in the bullpen

With the season winding down, it’s that time of year again where rookies have to pay their dues and honor the age old baseball tradition of dressing in embarrassing attire.

Some call it rookie hazing. Others see it as just good fun.

rookies9-9.jpgTypically, entire rookie classes must go through some sort of ritual. The Marlins relievers are getting some extra treatment from the veterans. Starting in Philadelphia and continuing through the end of the season, the rookie relievers are walking out to the bullpen dressed in angle wings and halos.

Rookie relievers Jay Buente, Jose Ceda and Chris Leroux certainly heard their share of heckling from the crowd at Citizens Bank Park.

“I’d say initially getting out there is kind of embarrassing, but once you’re out there, you get used to hearing at all the fans yelling at you all at one time,” said Buente, who wasn’t sure if he should remove the halo during the national anthem. “You couldn’t really hear any one single fan.”

Seeing the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Ceda, the Phillies Phanatic came up and gave the reliever a big hug.

“My highlight was seeing Jose Ceda hug the mascot,” Leroux. “That was my highlight.”

One Marlin, who didn’t want to be named, said: “Ceda hugging the mascot looked like two mascots hugging each other.”

The idea of wings and halos was a brainstorm of veteran Wes Helms.

Will Ohman, a veteran in the bullpen, says the rookies will wear their outfits for the rest of the season, so fans at Sun Life Stadium and other markets will be able to see the costumes.

All rookies go through some special routine. When Ohman was a rookie, he dressed as a cowgirl.

Later in the season, the position players will get into the act.

Ohman noted that since relievers don’t sit in the dugout during the games, they have to do their own special bonding in the pen.

Buente noted that he is having fun with it, because it beats the alternative — not being with a big league club in September.

– Joe Frisaro

  

Ceda, Buente get called up

In preparation for a day/night doubleheader on Monday, the Marlins have loaded up on pitchers.

The team announced that right-handed relievers Jose Ceda and Jay Buente have been recalled from Double-A Jacksonville.

The Marlins and Phillies will play two games at Citizens Bank Park. The first game makes up a rainout on June 9.

Ceda will be in a big league uniform for the first time. And the organization will get its first glimpse at the hard-throwing right-hander who potentially can be a big part of their future.

At 6-foot-4, 275-pounds, he is an imposing figure. But Ceda has dealt with shoulder problems since he was obtained from the Cubs for Kevin Gregg on Nov. 13, 2008.

Ceda appeared in 27 games for Jacksonville, and he’s struck out 45 and walked 20 in 32 1/3 innings.

If healthy, Ceda may emerge as a factor in the bullpen, not just for the rest of the season but into the upcoming years.

Ceda posted a 4-1 record and 1.39 ERA for the Suns.

Buente, meanwhile, appeared earlier this season with the Marlins. He’s pitched in four games and logged 5 1/3 innings.

Buente has also seen action in 34 Minor League games, and he’s logged 48 2/3 innings, and he has a 3.14 ERA.

After the season, Buente is expected to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Two relievers joining squad

The revolving door continues to spin.

Once again, the Marlins have dipped into their Minor League system in hopes of finding consistent relief help.

While no official announcement has been made, left-hander James Houser will have his contract selected on Tuesday from Triple-A New Orleans. And right-hander Alex Sanabia also had his contract selected, but from Double-A Jacksonville.

Once these two are added to the 40-man roster, the Marlins will have to make one corresponding roster move. Currently the roster is at 39 after Jorge Sosa was designated for assignment following Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Rays.

Also on Sunday, Jay Buente was optioned to Triple-A.

The Marlins have already used 15 different relievers this season. Also, for one game, Nate Robertson — who was skipped a start because of the way a day off fell — threw 5 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

Foremost, the Marlins are looking for relievers to throw strikes. The team suffered an agonizing 9-8 loss to the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday. Six separate relievers combined to walk 11 batters.

Sanabia, picked in the 32nd round in 2006, has enjoyed a strong season at Jacksonville. The right-hander was a starter. In 14 outings, he wsa 5-1 with a 2.03 ERA, including 65 strikeouts to 16 walks in 84 1/3 innings.

Sanabia projects to be used in long relief. The feeling is he has the makings of a solid fourth or fifth starter in the big leagues. For now, he will be asked to help out in either long relief or in certain situations.

Houser, meanwhile, is a 25-year-old lefty from Sarasota, Fla. He was signed as a Minor League free agent last November.

In 11 games at New Orleans, he struck out 11 and walked four in 19 1/3 innings.

Like Sanabia, Houser can throw multiple innings. He joins Taylor Tankersley as a lefty in the bullpen.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Welcome to the big leagues

Jay Buente made his Major League debut on Thursday night, and Marlins veteran Jorge Cantu did his part in trying to ease the rookie into action.

Wearing a microphone for Fox Sports Florida, Cantu had a brief chat with Buente before he threw his first big league pitch to open the fifth inning. Buente, called up from Triple-A New Orleans earlier in the day, relieved Ricky Nolasco after a 77-minute rain delay.

buente1.jpgBuente’s conversation with Cantu aired on TV, offering a light-hearted inside-the-game moment for the audience.

The exchange was:

Cantu: “This your first time in the big leagues?”

Buente: “Yeah.”

Cantu: “First time?”

Buente: “Yeah.”

Cantu: “First appearance?”

Buente: “Yes, sir.”

Cantu: “Are you psyched?”

Buente: “Yeah.”

Cantu: “Are you nervous?”

Buente: “No.”

Cantu: “You better not be nervous.”

Buente: “No, not nervous.”

Cantu: “Hey, congratulations.”

Buente: “Thank you.”

Cantu: “All right, let’s go.”

Buente: “Thanks.”

The first batter Buente faced? Chipper Jones.

Buente retired the veteran on a groundout to first base.

– Joe Frisaro

(photo by Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins)

 

 

Marlins roster moves

Before facing the Braves on Thursday night, the Marlins made an assortment of roster moves.

The team recalled left-hander Taylor Tankersley and right-hander Jay Buente from Triple-A New Orleans. Infielder Mike Lamb had his contract selected from New Orleans. The veteran, who opened the season with the club, returns for his second stint. He becomes a left-handed bat off the bench.

The Marlins also placed lefty reliever Renyel Pinto on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip strain.

Tankersley joins Dan Meyer as the lefties working out of the pen. The former first-round pick in 2004 is in the big leagues for the first time since July of 2008. He missed all of last year after undergoing stress fracture elbow surgery.

Tankersley appeared in 20 games with New Orleans. In 19 1/3 innings, he struck out 17 and walked six.

Buente, like Tankersley, was in big league camp with the Marlins. At New Orleans, the right-hander struck out 35 in 26 2/3 innings, but he has walked 17.

Badenhop has struggled in May. The right-hander, who suffered the loss on Wednesday, has given up at least one run in six of his seven appearances in May.

Lamb had been playing third base at New Orleans. He was 10-for-40 (.250) with the Zephyrs.

After Wednesday’s game, the Marlins optioned outfielder Bryan Petersen to Triple-A.

– 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

 

Six Marlins sign

It’s a formality, but six players the club has control over have signed contracts for the 2010 season.

Headlining the list is first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who is competing for a starting spot. The team also signed right-handers Jay Buente, Jose Ceda and Brett Sinkbeil. Infielder Jorge Jimenez, a Rule 5 pick and catcher Brett Hayes also signed.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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