An interesting note from Inside the Ivy this morning concerning Jose Ceda:

Ceda appeared in both the starting rotation and bullpen a season ago with Class-A Peoria of the Midwest League. He began the year in the rotation, making six starts before he was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder-related injury. Upon his return, Ceda appeared exclusively in relief, tossing 23 1/3 hitless innings. Of the 87 batters he faced during the streak, he struck out 42.

For the time being, Chicago plans to return Ceda to the rotation, Cubs Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita said. Ceda will begin 2008 at Class-A Daytona in the Florida State League, where he was assigned over the past weekend.

“We’re going to try and monitor his pitch count all year, but we need him in a position to where he can develop a second or third pitch,” Fleita said. (Source)

I’m anxious to see how this develops. If he can develop hit pitching arsenal even more and throw out of the rotation it increases his stock as trade bait if the Cubs remove the untouchable tag and go that route. The fall back is that he can always return to the bullpen and be an option that way.

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