Ozzie Guillen says Heath Bell is 'our closer'

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Heath Bell

Steve Cishek
's leash was apparently much, much shorter than Heath Bell's. After the 25-year-old Cishek blew a save on Wednesday, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said Cishek is no longer his closer.

"No. Let's put Bell back there to see what happens. … That's his job," Guillen told reporters (via the Palm Beach Post) before Friday's game against the Mets.

When that statement was followed up with a question of whether that meant Bell was back as the closer, Guillen seemed to backpedal a bit.

"I don't want to say that because maybe I can see someone out there and they said wait a minute…," Guillen said (Palm Beach Post).

"I want him to be there. I'm going to give him a shot. He deserves another shot, and I like what I saw in Houston and I think we should. … He threw the ball very well, kept the ball down, threw a lot of strikes, kept us in the game. He's our closer. Let's see what happens when he is back in there."

Wednesday was the first appearance of Cishek as the Marlins' closer and he blew the save, allowing two hits, a walk and a run to force extra innings against the Astros. Bell pitched a scoreless 10th inning, giving up a hit in the Marlins' eventual 12-inning victory. After Wednesday's outing, Cishek's ERA rose from 0.63 to 1.17. Bell lowered his ERA from 11.42 to 10.24. Bell has four blown saves on the season and three saves.

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