29 March 2012
News came out yesterday that Jose Ceda would not be with the Marlins on Opening Day as he was diagnosed with an elbow strain, but the news got worse today as it is being reported now that Ceda is going to have Tommy John surgery on April 3rd. This leaves a pretty good sized whole in the Marlins bullpen that while talented lacks a lot of depth in terms of bringing up guys from the farm system to replace them. Ceda played extremely well in the minors last season and worked his way up to a big league roster spot in the middle of the season he struck out 21 and held opponents to a .211 batting average in 20 1/3 innings. With the rest of the bullpen seeming secure (Heath Bell, Steve Cishek, Randy Choate, Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb, Edward Mujica, Wade LeBlanc) their are five pitchers that are believed to be in contention for Ceda's spot; Chad Gaudin, Rob Delaney, Gary Glover,Robert Ray, and Beau Jones. Personally I believe the two front runners for the sport are Robert Ray (4 2/3IP, 1H, 1W, 9K this Spring) and Chad Gaudin (14 1/3IP, 2ER, 2R, 11H, 6BB, 11K). Gaudin was originally in camp as someone who was trying to make the team as a long reliever, but after the way that Wade LeBlanc has pitched this spring, their is little doubt that that job is his. Both these pitchers are right handed and if I had to guess I'd say that Ray is probably going to be the one who gets the job, unless the Marlins are able to pick up another reliever that some teams has decided to let go of.