PHILADELPHIA -- Along with pitcher Elih Villanueva, infielder Jose Lopez and reliever Jose Ceda made the trip to Philadelphia and will be on standby when Villanueva makes his major league debut by starting the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader.
The Marlins are primed to make a series of transactions during the course of the day Wednesday. Villanueva will be placed on the 25-man roster, perhaps in place of infielder Ozzie Martinez. Following his outing, Villanueva will probably be returned to Triple A New Orleans so that the Marlins can replace him with Lopez, the veteran infielder whom the Marlins signed last week.
Ceda is likely insurance in case the Marlins feel they need an additional relief arm to make it through the Philly series.
Of the three, only Ceda is on the 40-man roster.