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Heath Bell out as closer -- for the time being

    SAN DIEGO -- Heath Bell blew one save too many, and the decision was finally made on Saturday to relieve him of the closer's role, if only for the time being. One night after Bell blew his fourth save in a game the Marlins eventually won in the 12th,  manager Ozzie Guillen and pitching coach Randy St. Claire sat down with Bell on Saturday to break the news.

      "We're going to move him down, maybe for a few days, to get him back on track," said Guillen, explaining that he intends to use Bell in non-save situations until he shows he's ready to reclaim his old job. "It's not like I'm removing him from his job. We're going to come up with something positive for him to resolve the problem."

     That means Bell will most likely be used in early or middle relief -- "whatever the inning we think would work for him," Guillen said.

     Bell's latest meltdown set off a chain reaction of events that essentially taxed the bullpen to the point that the Marlins had to reach into their minor league system and call up two relievers on Saturday -- right-handers Sandy Rosario and Chris Hatcher -- from Triple A New Orleans. Outfielder Bryan Petersen and left-handed reliever Dan Jennings were optioned to New Orleans to make room.

     Guillen said he is leaning toward having Steve Cishek take over the closer's role. But because Cishek went three innings on Friday and two on Wednesday, Guillen said he'll be unavailable the rest of the Padres series and perhaps the first game of the Houston series on Monday.

     The moves leave Guillen one position player short on his bench. But the manager said Carlos Zambrano could serve as a pinch-hitter, if necessary.

     LINEUPS:

     Marlins: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Bonifacio, cf; 3. Ramirez, 3b; 4. Kearns, lf; 5. Infante, 2b; 6. Stanton, rf; 7. Sanchez, 1b; 8. Buck, c; 9. Buehrle, p.

     Padres: 1. Denorfia, rf; 2. Guzman lf; 3. Headley, 3b; 4. Hundley, c; 5. Alonso, 1b; 6. Hudson, 2b; 7. Maybin, cf; 8. Bartlett, ss; 9. Richard, p.

 

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Stan M

Good. Wonder how Peterson and Jennings feel about Bell about right now. Too bad they couldn't send down Bell for a few games instead.

bob

All the people who bought Logan Morrison #20 jerseys are now laughing at all the people who bought Heath Bell jerseys.

Rickles

Heath Smell jerseys only come in one size...Winnebego.

spitballer

Just think how the Angels (Pujols), Red Sox (Crawford), Giants (Zito), Phillies (Howard)feel about their free agents. Those teams are stuck with those flame outs for 10 years. We got Bell for 3. I'll bet that Bell will have a better year than the players listed above.

jimmy the geek

how much u wanna bet??? make it easy on yourself.

Thrown Out by a Mile. Twice.

Hanley showed his baseball smarts last nite,displaying his baserunning skills/instincts. Results were equal to Hanley's baseball I.Q.

Alex

I'm glad to see that there are at least SOME guys here who both know baseball and are Marlins fans. Some of these other websites are just hilarious. Thanks to those guys who welcomed me on that other thread, but to the guy who thought I was younger than most of ya'll, I just got one thing to say: I wish! I'm 56 years old. LOL!

Alex

And yeah, Hanley not hustling out of the batter's box is nothing new. He is the first guy I ever saw get THROWN OUT on a "milestone hit". On his 1000th career hit he got thrown out at 2nd base because he dogged it out of the box. Hanley is the most disappointing player I have ever had the misfortune of following. He has actually gotten WORSE over the years. His batting stance and swing is so pathetic these days that it is no surprise that he mostly strikes out and pops out to the right side. I am hoping that Ozzie finds some way of reaching him, but I doubt he will even try. Hanley is a manager killer.

laurelbowie

Alex,
I've got kids younger than you. Well, that's not quite true, but I was already fumbling with my girlfriend's bra in the backseat of a '57 Pontiac by the time you were born. Anyway, good commentary, whippersnapper.

Slim Pickens

Saw Buck at Outdoor World buying a case of beef jerky. Has anyone seen Buck and Sasquatch together. Hmmm...

'witz

The notion of having a single closer, and living or dying with him every day, needs to be taken apart and tinkered with. If the starter breaks 100 in 7 innings, where's it written that the first reliever can't go 2? Where's it written that there can be only one 9th-inning guy on a team? Where's it say a closer who can't get the first out must be kept in the game to blow it, even if it's obvious he's failing? Closers should be chosen game by game,in real time,according to who's at bat, with more than one ready to pitch as the 9th begins. If the A guy walks the first batter, he should be yanked out at once, 'cuz there's no worse portent of what's to come, and the B guy brought in. Rightm, it doesn't always work. Sometimes 4 relievers walk 4 batters. Still, there's no sense leaving in the one whose pitches cry out, louder with each one, that this guy ain't got a thing?

gee bee

Blame it on free agency in the 70's, the union, agents, the save stat and managers like Sparky Anderson, then Tony Larussa. Half the relievers today, couldnt pitch in the Big Leagues years ago.The Marlins already burnt out their bullpen for the week,and are playing a position player short. They have to bring up minor league arms already,not even 30 games into the season. They will pay for it,sooner or later.

Alex

LMAO @ laurelbowie. Been a LONG TIME since anyone called me a young whippersnapper! I grew up in the 60's watching Seaver, Koufax, Drysdale, Killebrew and Marichal, etc. Played ball and coached a little too. I love the game and I love talking baseball with people who understand the game.

Alex

"Blame it on free agency in the 70's, the union, agents, the save stat and managers like Sparky Anderson, then Tony Larussa. Half the relievers today, couldnt pitch in the Big Leagues years ago.The Marlins already burnt out their bullpen for the week,and are playing a position player short. They have to bring up minor league arms already,not even 30 games into the season. They will pay for it,sooner or later."

Obviously a Marlins hater. Is it the stadium deal that made you so jaded? The bullpen is not "burnt out". It's "Belled Out" and "Dunned Out". The failures of Bell and Dunn caused a shortage of arms, nothing more.

Stan M

Speaking of Dunn, he is surely getting himself together in AAA ball. He's pitched 2 2/3 innings and given up 6 hits and 5 walks. Better there than here. Goghlan just got a couple of hits so he's up to .250 as is Dominguez who has actually started to hit. He was much lower. Cousins is below him. In short, don't expect anything from AAA ball. Sanabia just got knocked around in his last start as well. One bright note. Smolinski, the kid we got in the Winningham trade is really putting it together. He's hitting over .360 in AA ball and was moved from 2B to LF this year. Other than he, there is little to cheer about on that AA team either. Only hope I saw was Evan Reed, one of 2 kids we got from Texas for Cantu. He's doing well in relief. Keep your eye on a kid named Keys in low A ball. He looks like a comer. Lastly, our 2 very young pitchers in low A ball are still doing extremely well. Good enough to get moved up sometime soon to high A...I hope.
Alex, stay with us, you will be pleased with most of your fellow posters despite your obvious youth! Now have a glass of warm milk and get a good night's sleep and leave a light on if you're scared. Oh to be 54 again!

don vito

alex ..your the same douchebag that has been kicked off of Joe Frisaros Marlins MLB blog at least 3 times for being an abusive azzzzhole. Using different names. You cant hide your style of vitriol. Nice try.

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