JUPITER -- Every pitcher in camp -- save for Jose Ceda -- has thrown at least two of the first three days, if not all three. But Ceda did not throw either Sunday or Monday, and he might not throw to hitters on Tuesday when the Marlins conduct their first full-squad workout.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the hard-throwing Ceda, whom the Marlins obtained from the Cubs in the Kevin Gregg deal, is fine physically. But one member of the organization said Ceda is not in tip-top shape and, with the extra week of spring training due to the World Baseball Classic, the decision was made not to rush him.
Either way, Ceda, who has taken part in all of the other drills, is expected to open the season in the minors. The 22-year-old reliever reached the Double A level in the Cubs' system last season and averaged more than a strikeout per inning.