Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After blowing four of seven save attempts this season, high-priced closer Heath Bell was removed from the job by Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. But he may be back on the job soon.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Guillen gave indications that Bell has started throwing the ball better and could be bound for the closer’s job once again.
“Let’s put Bell back there to see what happens,” Guillen told the Post. “That’s his job. And I like the way he has thrown the ball.”
Bell pitched a scoreless 10th inning Wednesday in Houston in his first appearance since losing the closer’s job.
After being given a 3-year, $27 million contract in the offseason, Bell has been a complete dud for the Fish. He has a 10.24 ERA and a 7-10 strikeout to walk ratio in his nearly 10 innings pitched this season.
Bell might get his chance Saturday afternoon when the Marlins take on the Mets at Marlins Park.