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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

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

 

 

Bullpen options for Baltimore

For the Marlins to get back over .500 and into realistic playoff contention, they need to solidify their bullpen.

There are more unanswered questions, even after Josh Johnson’s brilliant eight-inning start on Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Rays.

When Johnson is on the mound, the bullpen pretty much gets a day off. Only closer Leo Nunez was used to polish up the ninth inning for his 15th save in 18 chances.

After the game, the Marlins announced they had designated Jorge Sosa for assignment and optioned Jay Buente to Triple-A New Orleans.

The club has yet to announce which two relievers would be getting called up for their series at Baltimore, which begins on Tuesday.

Burke Badenhop doesn’t appear to be one of them. Badenhop opened the season with the Marlins, but was optioned to Triple-A last month. Jose Veras, who is not on the 40-man roster, also was on the Opening Day roster before being designated for assignment in April.

If the Marlins stay with pitchers on their 40-man roster, there is a candidate to keep an eye on. Jose Ceda, the 23-year-old who was acquired from the Cubs for Kevin Gregg after the 2008 season.

Now, Ceda missed all of 2009 with a shoulder injury. He was in Spring Training this season for a little while with the big league club.

Ceda is working his way back into shape at low Class A Greensboro, where he has thrown eight innings with five strikeouts and one walk. His ERA is 4.50, but three of the four runs he allowed came on June 5.

If Ceda doesn’t get the call as soon as Tuesday, he is a promising hard-thrower who likely will make his big league debut sometime this season. Ceda threw 30 innings at Double-A Tennessee in the Cubs system in 2008.

He remains a possibility to help the bullpen in the near future.

Veras, meanwhile, has appeared in 23 games at New Orleans. He’s struck out 35 and walked 15 in 28 1/3 innings. Veras pitched a scoreless inning on Sunday, striking out three, but walking two.

With Sosa designated for assignment, Veras could be added to the 40-man and active roster for Tuesday, if the team goes with him.

Kris Harvey, at Class A Jupiter, and Brett Sinkbeil, at Triple-A New Orleans, are other right-handed relievers who are on the 40-man roster. They may be in the mix, if not immediately then something this year.

– Joe Frisaro

 

West, Ceda optioned

The Marlins rotation is coming a little more into focus.

Left-hander Sean West, who has struggled with his command, on Monday was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

Sending West down trims a candidate for a rotation spot.

seanwest5a3.jpgIn another move, right-handed reliever Jose Ceda, who missed all of last year with a shoulder injury, was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

West has had difficulties throwing strikes. In a B Game on Saturday against the Orioles in Sarasota, the 23-year-old walked seven.

“[We want West to] just pitch and get his command down,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He came up and won eight games as a young pitcher last year. He will be back. There is no question in my mind. He’s going to be a big part of our rotation.”

Subtracting West from the mix, means the Marlins now have Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad, Andrew Miller, Rick VandenHurk and Hayden Penn fighting for spots. Another name to keep an eye on is Clay Hensley, who has big league experience.

The way the Marlins are talking, it appears Sanchez is a lock to be the No. 3 starter. Sanchez threw four scoreless innings on Sunday against the Mets.

“If Sanchez pitches the way we’ve seen in ’06 [his rookie year], you’ve got something to work with,’ Gonzalez said.

Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco are the Nos. 1 and 2 starters.

– 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

 

Marlins first cuts

The Marlins made their first significant roster moves on Friday morning.

Veteran outfielder Jay Gibbons was released, ending his quest to hook on with the club after he last played in the big leagues in 2007.

Assigned to Minor League camp are: RHP Michael Wood, RHP Jose Ceda, C Miguel Fermin, C Kyle Skipworth, 3B Matt Dominguez and OF Michael Stanton.

The team also optioned OF Jai Miller to Triple-A New Orleans.

– Joe Frisaro

Friday in focus

Some observations and items from Friday:

* Dan Uggla was given Friday off.

* Third base/outfield coach Bo Porter went back to Texas for personal reasons. He left late in the game on Thursday, and he is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday.

* Chances of Jose Ceda being on the Opening Day roster are pretty slim becasue he won’t get enough work by April 6. Ceda had some discomfort in his right shoulder, and he is tossing off flat ground at 90 feet. After he progresses to 120 feet, he will start throwing off the mound, possibly as late as next week. He isn’t close to throwing in game situations.

* Renyel Pinto, who had a stomach virus a few days ago, is expected to pitch in Grapefruit League play this weekend.

* Matt Lindstrom on Thursday against the Mets was clocked throwing in the upper 90s.

– Joe Frisaro 

Camping out Saturday

Here’s what happened on Saturday:

* Andrew Miller continues working on his new delivery. The aim is to speed up his tempo, and basically the lefty is throwing more than the other starters. For example, when say, Ricky Nolasco and Miller are throwing live batting practice, each is going for about eight minutes. But Miller is working at a faster tempo, so he is throwing more total pitches.

* Cody Ross was back doing drills, and getting some work in later in the day, after he was away two days because his wife had a baby.

* Jose Ceda continues to play catch and do fielding drills. Because of some right shoulder discomfort, he has yet to be cleared to throw off the mound.

* Catcher John Baker is crushing some balls in batting practice.

* Dallas McPherson worked at first base with Gaby Sanchez on fielding drills.

– Joe Frisaro

Camping out Friday

What went on Friday in camp:

* Reliever Jose Ceda did some light throwing — or played catch — for the first time since last Saturday. Ceda has experienced some right shoulder discomfort. He will play catch a few days and be re-evaluated.

* Cody Ross was away for the second straight day because his wife gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday. Ross could be back on Saturday. The baby was born in Broward County.

* Backup catcher is wide open. Mike Rabelo has an edge based on MLB experience, but Brett Hayes is worth keeping an eye on.

* Jorge Cantu homered off Aaron Thompson in live batting practice. Cantu has been swinging the bat well, and he should be an impact player for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

* A bigger crowd of fans showed up on Friday. Workouts on Saturday begin at 10 a.m. ET.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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