JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins reliever prospect Jose Ceda will undergo Tommy John surgery early next week.
The procedure is scheduled for Tuesday, when the right-hander will be examined by Dr. James Andrews.
Ceda has a ligament tear in his throwing elbow, and the setback comes at a time when he was making a strong case to earn a spot on Miami's Opening Day roster.
"I think I'll be alright to come back, but right now, I'm a little bit disappointed," Ceda said. "I wanted to break camp with the team."
Ceda experienced tightness in his elbow after throwing two innings against the Braves on March 22 at Lake Buena Vista.
He said he pitched last year with some elbow issues.
"Last year, I could pitch. So I kept pitching," he said. "This year, I felt more pain. My ligament tore a little more.
"After two innings in Atlanta, I couldn't move my elbow. I said, 'I couldn't go any more.' They sent me to the doctor. The doctor, he said, 'Something is going on here. Go get a second opinion.' They said, now or later, I'd have to fix it."
Ceda appeared in five Grapefruit League games, and he struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings.
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