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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

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

 

 

Marlins interested in Gregg

A former Marlins reliever could be returning to Florida.

The Marlins have made a contract offer to veteran Kevin Gregg, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

MLB.com has confirmed the Marlins indeed have interest in Gregg as an eighth-inning setup reliever for closer Leo Nunez.

After spending 2007 and 2008 as the Marlins closer, Florida traded Gregg to the Cubs for reliever Jose Ceda, who was injured for all of 2009.

The Marlins are seeking veteran relievers.

A free agent, Gregg has appeared in at least 70 games in three straight seasons. With the Cubs last year, he was 5-6 with a 4.72 ERA in 72 games. He added 23 saves in 30 chances before losing his position.

With the Marlins in 2007, Gregg saved 32 games in 36 chances. The right-hander had his struggles in the role in 2008, posting 29 saves in 38 opportunities. He was bothered by a left knee injury late in that season.

On Friday, the Marlins announced they signed Derrick Turnbow and Jose Veras to a Minor League contracts with a Spring Training invitations.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Dan-ny! and Co-dy!

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Photo courtesy of Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins

The Marlins two ninth inning heroes, Dan Uggla and Cody Ross, each were treated to shaving cream pies to the face after Florida’s dramatic, 3-2, win over the Cubs on Sunday at Land Shark Stadium.

Uggla hit the game-tying home run off former Marlin, Kevin Gregg. One pitch later, Ross also went deep, capping the walk-off win.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Gregg offers Lindstrom advice

For two years, Kevin Gregg was a veteran presense who offered advice to Matt Lindstrom.

This season, Lindstrom has replaced Gregg as the Marlins closer. Gregg, meanwhile, is pitching for the Cubs. The two had a long conversation at Wrigley Field on Thursday.

“He’s learning on the job now,” Gregg said. “He’s got the reins full time. Obviously, he has the stuff. Now it’s just figuring out how to use his stuff, and bouncing back day-to-day. You’re not going to be perfect out there.”

Lindstrom is 5-for-7 in save chances, but his most disappointing outing came on April 24 against the Phillies. The hard-throwing Lindstrom entered in the ninth inning with Florida ahead 3-0, but he was tagged for seven runs, including a grand slam to Shane Victorino.

“When he gave up those seven runs against Philly, that’s part of the lumps you’ve got to take,” Gregg said before the Marlins faced the Cubs on Friday. “You’ve got to learn what you’re doing, and how to control it.

“That stuff happens quick. One thing, you’ve got to get out of that inning. Secondly, then you’ve got to come back the next day. The game is going to come after you right away. He bounced back, and he’s throwing well.”

While Lindstrom has logged two straight saves since he suffered that loss to the Phillies, he had to wait four days before taking the mound again. That opportunity came on Tuesday in New York, and he closed out the ninth.

“There are times when you don’t want to stew on it, but there are also times that it’s good for you,” Gregg said. “You have to know what that feeling is like, because you don’t want to do that. You don’t want to repeat that ever. But, I think that made him tougher, and realize, ‘Hey, I’ve got to attack the hitters, and go after them.’ That’s what he showed in New York.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Bucky Dent visits

A day doesn’t go by where Bucky Dent isn’t reminded of the home run.

Dent’s historic three-run homer in 1978 at Fenway Park in the division playoff game lifted the Yankees past the Red Sox, giving New York the AL East title. Praised by Yankee fans and hated by Red Sox fans, Dent is just happy people remember.

Asked how often he hears mention of the homer, Dent said on Tuesday: “Every day. Walking in here just a minute ago. A guy came up to me, and said, ‘I’m a big Bronx Bomber guy. Thanks for the home run.’ It’s a nice feeling, [31] years later and people still remember.”

Dent was at Marlins camp on Tuesday, talking with players and coaches. He is promoting his Bucky Dent Baseball School in Delray Beach.

Dent approached Dan Uggla to see if he would speak to kids at the baseball school. Uggla then surprised Dent by saying that he attended the Bucky Dent Baseball School when he was 13-years-old.

In recent years, a number of Marlins have spoken to the kids at the school. The list includes Kevin Gregg, Juan Pierre, Jeremy Hermida and Matt Treanor.

When Dent was a Minor League manager in the Yankees system, his backup catcher was Fredi Gonzalez.

– Joe Frisaro

Checking up on Ceda

Reliever Jose Ceda, who has some right shoulder discomfort, has been cleared to begin playing catch on Friday.

On Thursday, about 9:15 a.m. ET, Ceda went to the doctor, but not for his shoulder. He was completing some exams related to his physical.

Obtained from the Cubs in the offseason for Kevin Gregg, Ceda threw a bullpen last Saturday, the day pitchers and catchers began workouts. The team has been taking it easy on him since.

– Joe Frisaro

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