Ceda will likely need Tommy John surgery

Ceda will likely need Tommy John surgery

Ceda will likely need Tommy John surgery
JUPITER, Fla. -- A week ago, Jose Ceda was putting himself in position to win a spot in the Marlins' bullpen.

Now, the right-hander is facing possible surgery.

Ceda has an elbow sprain, and he appears likely to have Tommy John surgery.

The Marlins obtained Ceda from the Cubs after the 2008 season for Kevin Gregg. He last pitched on March 22 against the Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Ceda had eight strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings, and was putting himself in position to win a roster spot.

There are one or two openings in the bullpen, which is close to being set. Heath Bell will close, and Edward Mujica is getting the first shot at the eighth-inning role. Steve Cishek, Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn and Randy Choate are expected to be on the squad.

In the mix are non-roster invitee Chad Gaudin and lefty Wade LeBlanc, who has had an impressive camp. LeBlanc is the front-runner to be the choice if something were to happen to anyone in the rotation. He is a long-relief candidate.