Redmond figuring out each reliever's role

Redmond figuring out each reliever's role

NEW YORK -- Aside from closer Steve Cishek, roles in the Marlins' bullpen are evolving.

Who sets up in the eighth inning one day may not be the same in the next game.

"We're trying to kind of figure where everybody fits out there," manager Mike Redmond said. "We always talk about roles. What role is this guy going to be in? That's what we're trying to figure out -- where guys fit. We've got some young [guys] in there."

In Friday's 7-5 win over the Mets at Citi Field, rookie A.J. Ramos worked the eighth inning. Veteran Chad Qualls pitched in the seventh.

Ryan Webb and Jon Rauch also can match up anywhere from the sixth to eighth innings. Mike Dunn is the lone lefty, and he could also be used in those frames.

"I'm not afraid to fire those guys into any situation, trying to figure out what we've got and what guys can handle what situation," Redmond said.

Ultimately, performance will decide.

"You talk about roles for pitchers," Redmond said. "Your role as a pitcher, when you get in there, it's to get guys out. That's everybody's role. Obviously, guys who get guys out become those guys who fill those seventh- and eighth-inning roles."

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