BOSTON -- Three hours before first pitch Monday, Padres closer Heath Bell jogged out to the mound at Fenway Park and went through his paces as if he was about to deliver a pitch.
Someone in the press box joked that it might be the only time Bell, a two-time All-Star, gets to visit the mound during this three-game series against the Red Sox.
Lately, it's been awfully difficult for Bell to make an appearance on any mound.
Going into Monday's game, Bell had appeared once in the Padres' previous six games -- and that appearance, a save on June 13 in Colorado, came on the night San Diego last won a game.
"I want to get in there, but I also realize that the season can be a roller coaster," said Bell, who has 18 saves this season. "There's going to be some weeks where I'm going to pitch a lot and other times when I don't pitch that much."
As for going through a faux windup and delivery on the mound Monday?
"Every new stadium I go to, I go out to the mound and look around and try to familiarize myself with everything," said Bell, who actually made a previous appearance at Fenway Park on June 27, 2006, with the Mets.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.