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Oviedo says he'll return to South Florida next week

The Sports Xchange

--RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo has told Marlins teammates he has received a visa and will fly from the Dominican Republic to South Florida on Monday.

Formerly known as Leo Nunez, Oviedo was placed on the restricted list last September and later admitted using a false name.

He must serve an eight-week suspension before he can join the Marlins, but he plans to work out in Jupiter, Fla., at the Marlins' spring training complex.

--RHP Heath Bell struggled again Friday night, but after the game, manager Ozzie Guillen said Bell is still his closer. "I had a bad feeling. I had a gut feeling he's not throwing well. He's getting paid to close games, I get paid to win games and give the players the best opportunity to win games," Guillen said after Miami's 7-6 win over San Francisco.

Bell was removed from the game with one out in the ninth inning after allowing hits to three of the four batters he faced. RHP Steve Cishek retired the final two batters to notch his first save of the season. Bell was charged with two runs, snapping a string of five scoreless appearances.

--CF Emilio Bonifacio had successful surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament on his left thumb, manager Ozzie Guillen said. Bonifacio will be out until the end of June or early July.

--LHP Dan Jennings was recalled from Class AAA New Orleans, and he got the win against San Francisco, pitching a scoreless sixth inning Friday. He replaces LHP Mike Dunn, who was optioned to New Orleans after allowing four runs in the eighth inning Thursday, hiking his earned-run average to 9.58 from 6.75.

--INF Donovan Solano will start in left field Saturday against Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner. "Good luck," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Solano is a great athlete. I have confidence he can handle himself very well there."

17 -- Wins in the month of May for the Marlins after a 7-6 win over San Francisco on Friday. That's a franchise record for the month of May.

"I don't think we're a home-run-hitting ballclub. If they think they are, I'd like to know who told them that because they're not." -- Manager Ozzie Guillen.

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