• After Heath Bell almost blew two different three run ninth inning leads and had to have another pitcher come in to finish the inning, Ozzie Guillen reconfirmed that Bell is still his closer.  Bell has pitched 17 innings in 21 appearances and in that time he has an 8.47 ERA, 21 strike outs, 14 walks, and he has given up at least one run in nine of the 21 games.
  • In order to add a right handed bat in the outfield for when they face left handed pitchers the Marlins have called up Justin Ruggiano and sent down Kevin Mattison down to AAA New Orleans.  Ruggiano was just acquired by the Marlins from Houston on Saturday for catcher Jordan Morales.
  • Juan Carlos Oviedo (formally known as Leo Nunez) could be returning to Miami as soon as today after being issued a new visa.  Oviedo is on the Marlins restricted list right now and is facing a eight-week suspension from MLB.  While that means we will not be able to join the Marlins till the end of July/beginning of August, he would be able to start a rehab assignment in the minors 30 days before his suspension is over.
  • News of a possible Oviedo return is coming at a good time as on Friday the Marlins demoted Mike Dunn for the second time this season and again recalled Daniel Jennings.
  • In his 8 games since being sent down to New Orleans, Gaby Sanchez has appeared to have found his swing.  He is 9 for 26 (.346) with 5 runs, 4 RBI, 8 walks and 6 strikeouts.  The Marlins are not allowed to recall Gaby until Wednesday and based on how he is hitting he should be called back up with in the week and Ruggiano will most likely be sent back down to AAA.  Considering that Wednesday was suppose to be a Gaby Sanchez t-shirt give away at Marlins Park, that maybe the perfect time to bring him back up.
  • Finally, how about gem the Marlins have found in Donovan Solano?  Solano was the Marlins best hitter in Spring Training, but with no roster spot for him on the Marlins he was sent to AAA to start the year.  Then after injuries to both Emilio Bonifaco and Austin Kearns, Solano got called up and has picked up right were he left off this spring.  Solano is 4 for 8 with 1 run and 3 RBI.  He also got his first start of the year the other day playing left field, only the second time he had ever been asked to play the position in his professional career.

Now after splitting their four game series with the San Francisco Giants the Marlins close out their 10 game home stand with three games against the NL East leading Washington Nationals.  The Marlins are 4-3 on the current home stand and find themselves 3.5 games behind the Nationals.  If the Marlins are able to sweep the Nationals they will end the month of May with a team record for wins in a month.  The Marlins are 18-8 in May and the team record in 20 wins in a month.

  • Monday 1:10 at Marlins Park:  Carlos Zambrano (2-3) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (3-4)
  • Tuesday 7:10 at Marlins Park:  Anibal Sanchez (2-3)  vs. Edwin Jackson (1-2)
  • Wednesday 7:10 at Marlins Park: Josh Johnson (2-3) vs Chien-Ming Wang (1-0)