Heath Bell after blowing his fourth save in seven opportunities late Friday forced manager Ozzie Guillen's hand. For the immediate future, the Marlins no longer will use Bell in save situations. Pitching again in San Diego, where he topped the 40-save mark in each of the last three seasons, Bell surrendered back-to-back doubles to pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman and Cameron Maybin to start the inning. That made it an 8-8 game, and the Marlins' ultimately won it in 12 on Omar Infante's RBI-double and thanks to three shutout innings from Steve Cishek. "I like the way he's throwing the ball," Guillen said. "The ball is coming out of his hand pretty well, but the location is not there. We're going to move him down for a few days to get him back on track. It's not like I'm removing him from his job. I made it clear to him if we're going to be the club we think we should be, it's easier for him to be where he's supposed to be. "I talked to Bell, had a great conversation. He understands my point. I remarked to him we are a better club, a better pitching club, with him to be the closer. Right now he's going through a tough time, a combination of making bad pitches and not catching any breaks. That happens to the best."
Marlins temporarily bounce Bell from closer role
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | May 6