Roles remain undefined in Marlins' bullpen

Roles remain undefined in Marlins' bullpen

Roles remain undefined in Marlins' bullpen
ATLANTA -- It's now bullpen by committee for the Marlins. Whenever the phone rings, any reliever should be ready.

"One thing I told them was nobody has a role here," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "When that phone rings, get up. I can't say this guy is my closer, this guy is my setup. We're going to see the matchups and what gives the guys the best opportunity for success."

Since the All-Star break, the Marlins have gone with a closer by committee. Heath Bell, of course, had his first-half struggles, saving just 19 of 25 opportunities.

Steve Cishek essentially is the closer, as he notched his fifth save when he closed out the ninth on Wednesday night at Atlanta.

Other than Cishek, roles are less defined.

Wednesday night showed that. Carlos Zambrano has moved into a long relief role, and Bell was used for two outs in the seventh inning. Mike Dunn went 1 1/3 innings, getting the game to Cishek in the ninth.

Since the All-Star break, Bell has been effective. In eight appearances, he's given up no runs on three hits in 7 1/3 innings.

As the season progresses, some Minor League relievers also are expected to get a shot at the big league level. Chris Hatcher at some point, along with Evan Reed and A.J. Ramos, could get a look, if not in August, as callups in September.