Heath Bell imploded again Sunday and the Miami Marlins big offseason acquisition has been a disaster from Day 1 and one of the main reasons the Marlins sit nine games out of first place at the All-Star break. Bell allowed three runs on three hits and he walked two batters in Sunday’s walk-off loss to the Cardinals. It was Bell’s sixth blown save of the season, and he’s now the owner of a hideous 6.75 ERA through 40 appearances this season. After this meltdown, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen indicated after Sunday’s that a change in the ninth inning might be coming. Guillen had already indicated before Bell’s latest blown save Sunday that Juan Carlos Oviedo could at least have a chance to share the closer job when he returns later this month.
In other fantasy news from the weekend…..
- In the same article that I reference above, it was mentioned that Emilio Bonifacio (thumb) will return to the lineup on Friday and bat towards the bottom of the lineup. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen wants more speed at the bottom.
- Giancarlo Stanton will miss at least a month following surgery on his right knee. With Emilio Bonifacio returning from the disabled list Friday, Justin Ruggiano will slide over to play right field.
- Yoenis Cespedes left Sunday’s game with a sprained left thumb. We’ll see how long he is out, but having off until Friday will certainly provide sufficient time for the Athletics to evaluate the situation.
- Andrelton Simmons suffered a broken right pinkie finger in Sunday’s game and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Tyler Pastornicky could be called back up to fill in for Simmons.
- C.J. Wilson has been scratched from the All-Star game due to a blister on his pitching hand. He’s expected to be fine and should be ready for his turn after the break. Jake Peavy replaces him on the roster
- Roy Halladay (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Clearwater Thursday if he gets through Tuesday.
- Trevor Bauer’s third career start was his best, as he threw six shutout innings while allowing just two hits and a walk.
- Brian McCann belted a homer in his fourth straight game Sunday. McCann has been red-hot since getting some hitting tips from his brother