Mike Berardino

No Worries

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The Marlins weren't worried one bit that Jose Ceda hadn't pitched in winter ball since an outing on Oct. 29 in his native Dominican Republic. Nor should they be worried, said Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who gave up Ceda in a November trade for veteran reliever Kevin Gregg.

Majors | #2009#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

Landing Another Lefty

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Zach Kroenke admitted he didn't know much about the Marlins bullpen he'll try to make next spring. "I haven't checked out their bullpen and bullpen stats too much yet," he said. "There are a lot of teams." But only one saw fit to tab the former Nebraska lefty in the major league Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings.

Majors | #2009#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

More Baseball Please

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John Raynor loves to play baseball. That's why he volunteered to go play winter ball somewhere, even after getting 452 at-bats for Double-A Carolina. The Marlins did him one better, sending the speedy outfielder to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League, where he is sharing time in center with fellow Marlins prospect Scott Cousins.

Majors | #2008#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

Back In The Fold

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It took him until the third week of May, but Matt Dominguez finally took the field for low Class A Greensboro. Waylaid by mononucleosis on the eve of the season opener, Dominguez returned to his home in Southern California and followed doctor's orders to rest as much as possible. He missed a solid month of baseball activity, dropping 15 pounds in two weeks, before returning to extended spring training in Jupiter.

Majors | #2008#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

Rocking On And Off Mound

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If a man's musical tastes say a lot about his personality, then Scott Nestor's hard-driving mound persona should be no surprise. The Marlins reliever with the high-90s fastball spent last winter near his home in Southern California attending rock shows by Faster Pussycat, Beautiful Creatures and Slayer. He's a huge fan of Guns 'N Roses and, with his reddish hair and pale complexion, even remotely resembles Axl Rose.

Majors | #2008#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports