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Elbow injury knocks Jose Ceda out of bullpen picture

    KISSIMMEE -- Jose Ceda is no longer in the mix for a bullpen position. According to a team source, Ceda has a right elbow sprain and is out indefinitely.

    "He won't be going South (to MIami)," the source said.

    Have also learned that Ceda may seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews and could elect to undergo Tommy John surgery. Ceda pitched last on Thursday in Kissimmee against the Braves.

    Ceda has had a decent spring, making five appearances and allowing a run over 7 1/3 innings, striking out eight and walking two.

    The remaining field of contenders for the final bullpen spot (or spots) include Wade LeBlanc, Chad Gaudin and Gary Glover. The Marlins haven't decided yet whether they will use LeBlanc as their long man or send him to New Orleans as insurance in case one of the starters on the big-league roster goes down.

     However, after stretching LeBlanc out and having him make a Grapefruit League start, the Marlins have shifted gears and are now going in the other direction with him. LeBlanc threw one inning of relief on Wednesday and is down to work out of the bullpen again on Friday, perhaps signaling the Marlins ultimate intentions with him.