MIAMI -- Kevin Mattison's midnight snack turned into a homecoming call early Thursday morning.
The Marlins recalled Mattison and left-hander Mike Dunn from Triple-A New Orleans and sent down relievers Sandy Rosario and Chris Hatcher prior to the start of the home series against the Mets. The move gives the Marlins 13 position players and 12 pitchers on the 25-man active roster.
Mattison, a native of South Florida who lived in Royal Palm Beach until he was 12, was called up for the first time, and got the call from Triple-A manager Ron Hassey while on a midnight Taco Bell run with his roommates in New Orleans.
"I couldn't believe it," Mattison said. "I could believe it, but I couldn't believe it at the same time. It's something you always want to do, but the chances of it actually happening are pretty slim to none."
Mattison was hitting .250 with seven doubles, three homers and 13 RBIs in 31 games with New Orleans. He also had five stolen bases in 11 attempts. His speed is a big reason for the callup, as he is regarded as the fastest center-field prospect in the organization. He is expected to serve as a late-game defensive replacement who can also pinch-run when necessary.
"I'm here to help the team win any way I can, and if that's my role, that's my role," he said. "I'm going to go out there and play the best defense I can, it doesn't matter what position; same with baserunning."
Whereas Mattison gives the Marlins' previously short bench some depth, Dunn provides another left-handed reliever out of the bullpen to complement Randy Choate. Dunn led Marlins relievers in appearances last season but struggled this season before being optioned to the Zephyrs on April 29.
"I just went down there and tried to get into a groove, and find myself again," Dunn said. "I think I was trying to create way too much instead of just pitch. It's not like my numbers were outstanding or anything down there either. But my last two games, I threw the ball really well. I got my rhythm back and just kind of got into that groove. Just being me."
Guillen wants Marlins saved by the Bell
MIAMI -- The next time the Marlins have a save situation, chances are Heath Bell will get the nod, as manager Ozzie Guillen is leaning toward returning the three-time All-Star to the closer role.
Guillen did note that he reserves the right to go with whomever he feels is right for the situation, but it appears Bell will again be given a shot, a week after he was unable to close out the ninth inning at San Diego.
"I want him to be there," Guillen said. "I'm going to give him a shot. He deserves another shot."
Bell, one of Miami's high-profile offseason acquisitions, has three saves in seven opportunities. On May 4 he allowed the tying run to score in the ninth inning at Petco Park. The Marlins eventually won the game in 12 innings, and Bell was told afterward that the club would consider other ninth-inning options.
Bell has made one appearance since then. On Wednesday he threw a scoreless 10th inning at Houston, striking out one, and the Marlins were able to pull out a 5-3 win in 12 innings.
"I like what I saw in Houston," Guillen said. "He threw the ball very well, he kept the ball down. He threw a lot of strikes. He kept us in the game."
Steve Cishek was given a chance to close at Houston, and the 25-year-old right-hander allowed the tying run in the ninth inning.
The hope has been that Bell will regain his rhythm and become the closer the team envisioned he'd be when he signed as a free agent.
"He's our closer," Guillen said. "Let's see what happens when he's back there."
Marlins have no intention of dropping 'lo viste'
MIAMI -- It will take more than one hit batter to stop the Marlins from flashing their "lo viste" rally signal.
On Wednesday in Houston, Astros reliever Wilton Lopez hit Hanley Ramirez with a pitch and was later seen making the "lo viste" sign in the dugout.
Ramirez took exception to the ball thrown up and in, and the umpires restored order before an incident broke out.
"Lo viste," Spanish for "see that?" has become a Marlins slogan. Emilio Bonifacio has made it a practice every time a player does something special either at the plate or in the field, and players often can be seen spreading two fingers over one eye, basically a sideways "V," after making a play.
Bonifacio even had "lo viste" T-shirts made up, and they've been distributed to teammates and sold online.
On April 15 at Marlins Park, Ramirez hit a game-tying home run off Lopez in the eighth inning. Ramirez made the "lo viste" sign toward the Miami dugout while rounding the bases.
Ramirez notes that the players aren't pointing at the other team or rubbing it in.
"Lo viste" is the Marlins answer to the Claw, used by the Rangers after a player gets a big hit.
"I don't know what to say," Ramirez said on Friday. "The only thing I can say is, we're going to keep doing it. It's our thing."
Ramirez added that the fans like it, and the players like it.
"We're going to continue to do it, the whole team," he said.
Hayes eyes gunman on Florida's Turnpike
MIAMI -- Catcher Brett Hayes on Thursday found himself stuck in traffic on Florida's Turnpike and making eye contact with a gunman.
During the team's off-day, Hayes and his wife were driving to a birthday party at around 6 p.m. ET when traffic stopped on the Turnpike near Hollywood Boulevard in Broward County.
A man walked by in the rain, clutching a gun. Hayes made eye contact and sat calmly as the man kept walking.
Shortly afterward, police officers passed by with guns drawn.
"I didn't want to draw any attention," Hayes said on Friday. "You could see him trying to do something, like he was trying to do something else, take someone with him. I don't know. That's what it kind of looked like.
"I looked away nonchalantly and told my wife not to look at him. Luckily, he passed. He passed a lot of people. I was not the only one. There were a lot of people who saw it."
The incident led to two officers being wounded and the suspected gunman reportedly killing himself.
"It was just a sad, sad story," Hayes said.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. Tom Green is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.