UPDATE: It’s official now. He’ll go under the knife on April 3.
Instead of securing a spot in the Marlins’ bullpen right-hander Jose Ceda is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery.
Ceda, who made headlines last season for being locked in the bullpen bathroom by Marlins teammates, pitched well for 7.1 innings this spring before being shut down on March 22. He hasn’t pitched since, was diagnosed with a sprained elbow, and now according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com “he appears likely to have Tommy John surgery.”
Ceda threw 20 innings with a 4.43 ERA and 21 strikeouts for the Marlins last season after the 25-year-old reliever dominated at Triple-A, throwing 40 innings with a 1.36 ERA and 53/13 K/BB ratio. Surgery would cause him to miss all of this season and perhaps a chunk of next season as well.
The Dodgers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with free agent right-hander Tom Koehler, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The team has yet to officially announce the signing, which is currently pending a physical.
Following a mostly-productive five-year run with the Marlins, the 31-year-old flamed out in 12 starts for Miami in 2017, eventually coming over to the Blue Jays in a midseason trade for minor leaguer Osman Gutierrez. He made a successful transition to the bullpen and finished the season on a high note, pitching to a 2.65 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 in 17 innings.
Koehler was non-tendered by the Blue Jays earlier this month and had attracted a fair amount of interest around the league prior to his signing. He’s expected to reprise his role as a middle reliever in Los Angeles, though Cotillo speculates that he could also bring some depth and balance to the Dodgers’ lefty-heavy rotation.