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Ozzie Guillen is ready to give the Marlins’ closer job back to Heath Bell

May 11, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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The Marlins removed Heath Bell from the closer role last week after he blew his fourth save in seven chances, but Ozzie Guillen already appears ready to give him another shot.

According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, after Guillen was asked this afternoon whether the next save chance would go to Steve Cishek, he strongly hinted that he will opt for Bell.

“No. Let’s put Bell back there to see what happens… That’s his job. And I like the way he has thrown the ball.”

Strong enough for you? Bell is apparently back in the good graces after tossing a scoreless 10th inning Wednesday against the Astros in his first appearance since being pulled from the closer role. While Guillen has left the door open for other options, he said that Bell is “our closer” and “deserves another shot.”

Bell, who signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Marlins during the offseason, has an ugly 10.24 ERA and 7/10 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 innings this season. His track record suggests there’s nowhere to go but up, but the 34-year-old right-hander had a career low strikeout rate (7.32 K/9) and swinging strike rate (8.3 percent) last year.

  1. Old Gator - May 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    And if he can’t cut it this year, I suppose there’s always a chance he could get together with R. A. Dickey and mush the Iditarod this winter.

  2. jimmymarlinsfan - May 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Bell will be fine, as will JJ…once Hanley cuts down his swing…this team will be tough…very tough

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