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Big Jose Ceda on his way up; Brad Hand optioned to Single A Jupiter

The Marlins announced moments ago they are bringing up Triple A closer Jose Ceda from New Orleans and optioning left-hander Brad Hand to Single A Jupiter, leaving a hole in the starting rotation for Wednesday.

Ceda, a 24-year old hard throwing right-hander, made eight appearances last season with the Marlins and went 0-0 with a 5.19 ERA in September. But he's shined down in Triple A. He led the Pacific Coast League with 19 saves and went 2-1 with 0.89 ERA in 28 appearances.

Hand, who went 0-3 with 3.45 ERA in his three starts, was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Angels. The Marlins will likely bring up another minor league starter, or, with a day off Thursday, use its bullpen to pitch against the Angels. The Marlins also have an off-day on Monday.

Before Chris Volstad's strong, seven inning start Sunday in a 2-1 loss to the Rays, Marlins starters were 1-12 this month with a 6.80 ERA. Opponents were hitting .293 off them.

One potential minor league call-up could be Sean West, who gave up two runs over seven innings in his last start Friday.


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Jim Murray L.A.Times

Why did they send Hand all the way back to A-Ball in Jupiter,instead of AA Jax, where he came from??? Also,has Ceda stopped stuffing his El Gordo self with snacks,double-cheese Whoppers and Ding-Dongs???

Stan M

I wonder why he was sent all the way down to A ball. He came from AA and was successful there. It must be temporary due to minor league roster restrictions, I guess. Anyone have any further info. Boy, I hope Ceda is immediately tried as closer. Nunez should be first to be traded if there is to be a shakeup...at least in my opinion.

el gordo

wow this team stinks...

Lou Vales

Would someone at the game do an actual count of people there.oF COURSE lORIA WILL HAVE YOU EJECTED IF HE SEES YOU.


el gordo,
You think?
Stan M,
Maybe they sent Hand to Jupiter rather than Jacksonville so they can call him up in the 5th inning and have him in uniform by the 9th.

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