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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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