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.
There’s a saying that goes “nothing good ever happens after 2AM.” It can also be said that nothing good ever happens after, say, week 5 or 6 of spring training.
Today, for instance, are a lot of inconsequential games. Those are neutral. Then there are a rash of these sorts of incidents which just went down today, all of which are bad:
Archer seems to be OK for now. Moncada walked off his thing and went back into the game. We’re still waiting to hear on Bumgarner and Ichiro. If there is anything serious with them we’ll update as we learn things.
But really, guys: Spring Training is too long. Even in a year like this one, when it’s a tad shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season. Everyone who was gonna get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. If someone isn’t healthy and in playing shape now, they’re not gonna be six days from now for Opening Day. The cake, as they say, is baked.
All that can happen is possessed-by-the-devil baseballs attacking unsuspecting players and injuring them in meaningless exhibitions. Let’s cease all baseball now until the regular season starts. Out of an abundance of caution.