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Gibson confident calling for Bell out of bullpen

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MILWAUKEE -- D-backs reliever Heath Bell has not pitched since giving up three runs in one-third of an inning Tuesday, but manager Kirk Gibson said he won't hesitate to put the veteran right-hander back out there.

"We're going to get Heath on track," Gibson said. "This guy's had a ton of success in the big leagues, you don't think he's ever been through this before? He's got a ton of confidence. Nobody likes to go through it, but he's not going to run from it."

Bell was hugely successful during his time in San Diego, but struggled in 2012 after signing a big free-agent deal with the Marlins.

Gibson and his staff carefully watched video from Bell's outing to see if maybe he was tipping his pitches, but they did not see any indications of that.

In addition, they liked the velocity they saw from him as he hit 95 mph with his fastball.

"That's when you know it's minor," Gibson said. "When I went back and looked at the film I saw balls down the middle of the plate, I saw him miss his location, so I know if he gets it there, it's a different story."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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