Left knee knocks Stanton out of Marlins' lineup
A late scratch, right fielder to get back-to-back days off
PHILADELPHIA -- The sore left knee that hindered Giancarlo Stanton in Spring Training is again acting up.
About 40 minutes before the first pitch on Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, the Marlins scratched Stanton due to left knee pain.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said Stanton will be examined by a physician in Philadelphia.
"It's something different than what he had in the spring," Guillen said.
Stanton had inflammation in the knee in Spring Training, and the pain he felt on Monday is in a different area. With an off-day on Tuesday, Stanton will get back-to-back days of rest. The team lists the 22-year-old right fielder as day to day.
Guillen didn't rule out Stanton being available on Wednesday in the second of three games at Citizens Bank Park.
Stanton, Miami's cleanup hitter, is off to a 4-for-17 (.235) start with a double and three RBIs. His left knee bothered him last year.
Austin Kearns replaced Stanton in right field in the series opener with the Phillies. Kearns originally was slated to start in left field, as Logan Morrison was given the day off. Chris Coghlan made the start in left field. Kearns homered in the ninth inning Monday off Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Stanton and Morrison both missed substantial time in Spring Training due to knee ailments. Morrison had surgery on his right knee in early December. The team is keeping a close watch on Morrison, who was given Monday, as well as last Thursday, off.
With temperatures in the upper 50s in Philadelphia, the Marlins aren't taking any chances with their young corner outfielders.
Bell eager to bounce back from blown save
PHILADELPHIA -- Sometimes even the best of the best fail to come through.
Heath Bell found himself in that position on Sunday afternoon, when he surrendered two runs in the ninth inning at Cincinnati and blew his first save chance as a Miami Marlin.
Usually automatic, Bell accepted full blame for Miami's 6-5 loss at Great American Ball Park. The great closers have a way of putting adversity behind them and regrouping for the next challenge.
"It happens," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That's the reason he got that job, he's good at it. The only thing about closers is how you bounce back the next day.
"It's how you bounce back. That will tell if you're a good closer or bad closer. This guy over the years is one of the best closers in the game, because he knows how to bounce back."
Bell was a major offseason free-agent signing, and the veteran is eager to make an impact in Miami.
"These guys deserve way more than that," Bell said of his teammates. "I've got to pick up my game. I know it's one [game]. I've blown saves before, but it's really hard to blow the first one -- for a new team. There are guys who have gone out there and blown one and then dominated the rest of the year. I plan on being one of those guys."
As lights out as a closer can be, even the best get beaten.
Marlins right-hander Carlos Zambrano, who was in line to win Sunday at Cincinnati, points out that the great Mariano Rivera blew a save chance in the Yankees' loss to the Rays on Opening Day.
"I'll tell you what," Zambrano said. "Mariano Rivera gave it up in the ninth inning the other night. He said, 'There are 161 games to go.' Heath is one of the best right now closing. Who knows? Maybe this will be his only blown save of the year."
Since Bell became a closer with the Padres in 2009, his 132 saves are the most in the Majors.
"Every time you're up by one run, you can go either way," Guillen said. "You can be the hero or the villain."