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May 20, 2013

Redmond: Steve Cishek to share closer's role for now

      Chad Qualls -- not Steve Cishek -- would have taken over in the ninth inning Monday even if it had been a save situation, and manager Mike Redmond acknowledged afterward that the role will be shared, at least for now.

       "We're going to use everybody," Redmond said.

       Redmond made it clear that Cishek hasn't lost the job entirely. But he also indicated that he also plans on using Qualls and Mike Dunn in the ninth. Dunn closed out Sunday's win when Cishek faltered in the ninth.

        "We're going to use Cishek," Redmond said. "He's still going to close games. Quallsy might close some games. Dunn might close some games. They're all going to contribute."

        Cishek has been struggling in the role this season, and his lack of success against left-handed hitters has been pronounced. Redmond said he believes part of the problem is that, due to a lack of save chances, Cishek just hasn't been able to pitch enough and develop a rhythm.

         "We haven't had that many save opportunities and we need those guys to pitch," Redmond said. "We need Cishek to go down there and log some innings."

         Redmond also said that Qualls was going to pitch Monday no matter what because he hadn't pitched in five days and needed work. He was warming up when the Marlins were hitting in the eighth with a 2-1 lead.

Marlins place Matt Diaz on DL, call up OF Jordan Brown

      The Marlins have placed Matt Diaz on the disabled list with a bruised left knee and called up outfielder Jordan Brown from Triple A New Orleans to take his spot on the roster.

      Diaz hasn't played a whole lot since receiving his call-up, going just 3 for 18 overall. But Diaz was 2 for 7 with a RBI as a pinnch-hitter.

      Brown, 29, appeared briefly in the majors with Cleveland in 2010, hitting .230. With New Orleans this season, he was hitting .261 with one home run in 119 at bats.

      In other news, the Triple A Zephyrs activated third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who had been on the DL.