"[Marmol] has pitched well in the seventh and eighth, and even pitched well in some tie games in the ninth and the 10th inning, too," Cubs manager Dale Sveum told MLB.com Monday. "Obviously, he’s having difficulty with the last three outs and a save. We have our closer [in Gregg] when he has his rest. [Marmol] is back in the same role he was in."
Marmol received a save opportunity Sunday for the first time in almost two months and blew it, giving him a 40 percent success rate in his five save opportunites.
Alfonso Soriano says Carlos Marmol 'used to be good'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/17/2013) Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol has struggled this year, and now his teammates are starting to express their frustrations with the former closer, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Cubs outfilder Alfonso Soriano had some harsh words for the reliever. "[Marmol] used to be good. I think he's good, but he's lost a little bit of his confidence, and this game is all about confidence. … I hope he gets it back and becomes the Marmol I know," Soriano said.
Soriano's comments came after Marmol gave up four runs in just one-third of an inning Sunday.
Marmol has a 6.08 ERA and a 6.36 FIP in 26 2/3 innings this year.
Carlos Marmol blows another save
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (6/16/2013) Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol blew his third save in Sunday's loss to the Mets.
Marmol allowed a three-run walk-off home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis to cap a four-run ninth for the Mets. Marmol allowed three hits and a wak in 1/3 of an inning. His ERA balloned to 6.08. But with Kyuji Fujikawa out for the season and the Cubs likely looking to deal Marmol at the trade deadline, it wouldn't be surprising if he retains his closer's job.
Carlos Marmol tagged for third loss
by Jeff Tobin | CBSSports.com (6/2/2013) Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol gave up four earned runs on two hits and three walks Saturday as Arizona clubbed its way to a 12-4 win.
Marmol managed just one out after coming into the game in the eighth inning. Paul Goldschmidt smacked a go-ahead grand slam off him and that was all she wrote.
The beleaguered Marmol actually had recently been effective, allowing only one earned run in his previous nine appearances dating back to May 5. During that stretch he had 10 strikeouts and just two walks.
On the season, Marmol has a 5.48 ERA with 21 strikeouts and 17 walks in 21 1/3 innings pitched.
Time to reconsider Carlos Marmol
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/29/2013) With news of Kyuji Fujikawa's Tommy John surgery, the Cubs are now faced with the prospect of having Carlos Marmol as their backup closer to Kevin Gregg. While Marmol has a 4.26 ERA and 1.63 WHIP on the season, he has been very good lately, with a 1.80 ERA in his last five games, including six strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP.
And even if those recent numbers weren't sterling, Marmol benefits from simply being the next in line. In a deeper league, it might be worth it to throw caution to the wind (while clinging strictly to logic) and grab Marmol as a backup closer option.
Carlos Marmol wants to stay in Chicago
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Responding to an Internet report in which someone overheard him saying he wanted out of Chicago and a fresh start, Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol refuted that claim on Wednesday.
"I don’t know who that guy is and why he tweeted that," Marmol told MLB.com.
The right-hander admitted that he met with his agent, Paul Kinzer, on Wednesday but said the two did not discuss leaving Chicago.
"I'm not going nowhere," Marmol said. "I’m very happy here. I can’t wait until they do something so I can stay here. I always talk about how I love Chicago, I love being here, I love my teammates, I love everybody here."
Carlos Marmol shakes off previous outing
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Cubs relief pitcher Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless inning of relief during Sunday's series finale against the Reds.
Marmol, who relieved Edwin Jackson in the sixth, needed just 11 pitches to retire the side in order. He struck out one during the 7-4 loss.
Marmol, who allowed three runs without recording an out the previous night, is just happy to be back on the mound.
"I'm glad he gave me the ball," Marmol said of manger Dale Sveum. "It didn't matter what inning. I told him I want to pitch, no matter what. He gave me the ball. He trusts me and I went out there and had a good inning today."
Carlos Marmol sinks in milestone outing
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013)Carlos Marmol's milestone appearance Saturday was painfully similar to the performances the Cubs reliever has turned in recently. Marmol appeared in his 453rd game with Chicago to move past Lee Smith for the franchise record, but allowed three runs in the eighth inning without getting an out in a 6-4 loss to Cincinnati.
The hard-throwing righty replaced James Russell to begin the inning and walked the first two batters he faced before plunking Brandon Phillips with a pitch to load the bases. Hector Rondon then took over, allowing all three inherited runners to score and Marmol was pinned with his second loss of the season while his ERA swelled to 6.17. He had posted 10 consecutive scoreless appearances before Saturday.
"I feel very good and that's it," Marmol said. "I didn't throw strikes today. That's what happened."
Sveum chooses closer based on matchup
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum told MLB.com on Monday that he does not tell his relievers beforehand who will serve as closer before each game. He added that he goes by best the matchup to decide who to throw in the ninth inning.
“It’s been working,” Sveum said Monday. “I’m not going to say it’s a fix-all and that you don’t want to name a closer. You definitely don’t want to rock the boat when things are going good in the back of the bullpen when everybody is healthy and ready to go that night. It could be one of four guys. It depends on the matchups.”
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Cubs relief pitcher Carlos Marmol was tabbed for a save opportunity Thursday against the Marlins with his team up 4-3 and converted it for his second save of the year. Marmol put the first two guys on base with a walk and a single but came back to get the next three, stranding the tying run on second base.
Marmol hasn't allowed a run since his first three outings of the season, lowering his ERA to 4.35. He should remain in the mix for saves in Chicago until Kyuji Fujikawa returns, and maybe longer.
Manager Dale Sveum reiterated he will play matchups, which means Gregg, Carlos Marmol or left-hander James Russell can be in the mix for saves depending on how the lineup shakes out in the ninth.
Kyuji Fujikawa is expected to retain the job upon his return from a forearm injury.
No trusting Carlos Marmol
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters prior to Tuesday's game that Carlos Marmol was not going to be put back into the closer's role. Then he went out and put Marmol into a save situation, which Marmol promptly blew. That should just about do it for Marmol.
Marmol was riding high off a handful of solid outings, but he proved Tuesday that he is not to be trusted. He walked two batters and allowed a tying run in the ninth inning to blow his second save of the season.
A manager will only be bitten so many times before he just stops going to the same place. I would not be surprised if we have reached that point with Sveum and Marmol. Marmol is probably only worth stashing in deeper Fantasy formats at this time.
Carlos Marmol blows save, earns win
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol entered Tuesday's contest against the Reds in the ninth inning with one on, one out and a one-run lead. The right-hander gave up an RBI single to the first batter he faced to tie the game at 2-2.
Marmol was tagged with his second blown save but earned the win when his teammates pushed across two runs in the top of the 10th. It was his second victory.
Kevin Gregg closed out the 4-2 win for Chicago.
Carlos Marmol's role not changing
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum told MLB.com Tuesday that he has been encouraged with how Carlos Marmol has been pitching but is not putting the right-hander back into the closer's role yet.
Marmol has six consecutive scoreless appearances.
"He's pitched really well," Sveum said. "He's throwing his slider, his slider is breaking. I'm not going to change anything right now."
Carlos Marmol lowers ERA
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol threw two more scoreless innings in Monday's series opener against the Reds, extending his streak to seven frames. He came on in the ninth inning with the score tied and did not give up a hit. The right-hander struck out two and walked two while lowering his ERA to 5.19.
Carlos Marmol continues scoreless streak
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol extended his scoreless-games streak to five with a 1-2-3 inning against the Rangers in the Cubs' 6-2 win Thursday. Marmol, who struck out two in the performance, hasn't allowed a run since giving up five runs in his first three appearances of the year.
Marmol lowered his ERA to 6.75 in the win.
Carlos Marmol likely to factor again
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/17/2013) "That was part of the deal," Cubs manager Dale Sveum told the Chicago Tribune Tuesday, referring to the possibility of Carlos Marmol regaining the closer role with his improved performance in middle relief.
Well, that makes it pretty clear then, doesn't it?
With Kyuji Fujikawa disabled and unable to secure the role, I think Marmol's return to it is inevitable. After a rocky start last year, he posted a 2.06 ERA over his final 41 appearances, so his four straight scoreless appearances give me some hope he's headed down that path again.
Marmol has performed well since the demotion, and manager Dale Sveum is considering putting Marmol back in the ninth-inning spot. "He is throwing strikes and he is throwing his slider more and he's more consistent," Sveum said. "So, yeah, he's working his way back. That was part of the deal."
The team was going to move forward with Kyuji Fujikawa as their closer, but he's currently on the disabled list with a forearm strain.
Carlos Marmol with another scoreless outing
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol enjoyed his fourth consecutive scoreless outing during Sunday's series finale against the Giants.
Marmol entered the game in the eighth inning and retired the side in 10 pitches. He did not allow a hit and improved his ERA to 7.94 through his first 5 2/3 innings. Marmol has not allowed a run since losing the closer role.
Carlos Marmol not part of closer plans
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum said pitcher Carlos Marmol will not return to the closer role after Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a strained right forearm. Marmol (0-1) lost the closer job Sunday after blowing his first save the day before at Atlanta.
"I don’t think I'll use Marmol right now," Sveum told MLB.com. "That will be on down the road if anything like that happens. I want to keep [Marmol] in the role we talked about a few days ago. We're not going to change that."
Carlos Marmol escapes late-inning jam in home opener
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol made his first appearance since losing the closer role during Monday's home opener against the Brewers.
Marmol entered the game in the eighth inning for Shawn Camp. He allowed a leadoff double to Ryan Braun, threw a wild pitch and walked a batter before he escaped out of the jam.
The right-hander struck out two in 25 pitches and lowered his ERA from 27.00 to 16.88. He is expected to appear in games where the team is down in order to work his way back into form.
Cubs don't want Carlos Marmol to get 'fastball happy'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio told reporters Monday that he has not given up on reliever Carlos Marmol just yet. He claims that the long-term plan for Marmol includes returning him to the ninth-inning role.
Marmol was demoted from the closer role Sunday and has a whopping 27.00 ERA with a 4.80 WHIP in three appearances. He is expected to appear in scenarios where the team is trailing in order to regain his form.
Manager Dale Sveum told MLB.com that he wants the right-hander to work on his pitch selection and not get "fastball happy."
"He had a wipeout slider at one time in his career, and now it's not as consistent, but it's still his out pitch," Sveum said. "He needs to throw fastballs but still understand you're a slider pitcher. If things go awry, get back in counts with fastballs, but let's not get away from our bread and butter either."
Dale Sveum wants Carlos Marmol to regain form
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum told ESPN Monday that he'll have reliever Carlos Marmol work in games where the team is trailing in order to regain his form.
Marmol was demoted from the closer role after allowing two homers and blowing a save Saturday against Atlanta. He has permitted five runs in 1 2/3 innings of work in three appearances.
Carlos Marmol demoted from closer role
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) The Cubs have demotedCarlos Marmol from the closer role, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Marmol blew the save for the Cubs Saturday against Atlanta, as he allowed solo home runs to both B.J. and Justin Upton to relinquish a one-run lead. Marmol has allowed six hits and five runs against just 13 batters faced.
The Cubs will replace Marmol with Kyuji Fujikawa. Fujikawa has one save on the season already, as he replaced Marmol to get the final out in the Cubs' season opener.
Carlos Marmol may lose closer role
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum said after Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Braves that the team will discuss options other than Carlos Marmol in the closing role, according to MLB.com. Marmol surrendered the game-tying and game-winning home runs in a loss.
Sveum suggested that Shawn Camp and James Russell could be options. Kyuji Fujikawa also seems like an obvious candidate to close.
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Cubs closer Carlos Marmol endured another rough outing on Saturday night against the Braves. Having allowed three runs over 1 1/3 innings thus far, he entered in the ninth inning with a one-run lead and surrendered a leadoff homer to B.J. Upton.
Then, after getting Jason Heyward to fly out, Justin Upton launched a walk-off home run to hand Marmol the loss, as well as the blown save.
Marmol, who owns a 27.00 ERA, threw 13 pitches in the 6-5 defeat.
Kyuji Fujikawa still behind shaky Carlos Marmol for now
Marmol barely held on for the save in Thursday's 3-2 win over Pittsburgh, as he gave up two runs and left the tying run on third base. Marmol didn't complete Tuesday's save, as Fujikawa was called upon for the final out of the ninth inning to earn his first save of his career and the first of the season.
Still, the job is Marmol's for now. When asked how long he could stick with the wild Marmol, Sveum said, "I went with it three months last year and he got out of all. It wasn't like he was pitch efficient last year when he was getting out of all of them."
Outside of a short stretch in early June after he returned from an injury, Marmol held the closer's role as long when he was healthy in 2012. As the Cubs may be angling to trade Marmol -- as they nearly did for Dan Haren this offseason before medicals derailed the deal -- they could leave him in the closer's role as long as possible in an attempt to prop up his trade value.
Fujikawa is likely the next in line for the Cubs, but ascension to the closer's role may not be as imminent as Marmol's struggles in the first series of the season made it seem.
Manager accepting of Carlos Marmol's erratic ways
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Although Carlos Marmol came close to blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning Thursday, Cubs manager Dale Sveum wasn't disappointed with his closer's performance.
"He gave up hits, but it wasn't like he was throwing the ball all over the place," Sveum told MLB.com. "For the most part, we know things like that can get interesting with him. He was OK. It didn't seem that way, but it wasn't too bad."
Carlos Marmol survives for first save
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Marmol had another rocky outing Thursday at Pittsburgh, but this time manager Dale Sveum let him finish off the Pirates and record his first save in a 3-2 win.
Nate Schierholtz's two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning gave Chicago a 3-0 lead. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for Marmol, who was pulled from a save situation Monday, to let Pittsburgh back into the game. Starling Marte led off the ninth with a single. Russell Martin followed with a walk. Andrew McCutchen drove home Marte with a single to left field and Gaby Sanchez then cut the deficit to one run with an RBI single to right field.
With runners on first and third and no outs, Marmol finally settled down. He struck out Pedro Alvarez and escaped the jam by getting Neil Walker to ground into a game-ending double play. Marmol was charged with two runs on three hits and one walk. He lowered his ERA from 27.00 to 20.25.
Carlos Marmol still a buy low
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/4/2013) Cubs closer Carlos Marmol had his second straight ugly outing on Thursday, giving up two runs on three hits in the ninth inning. But he got the save, and the situation he was allowed to work out of seems to suggest he may be holding onto the role.
With lefty Hisanori Takahashi warming up in the bullpen, Marmol was left in the game -- after giving up two runs and having with men on the corners -- to pitch to lefty batters Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker with no outs. A sacrifice fly or hit would have tied the game. Instead, Marmol struck out Alvarez and got Walker to ground into a double play to end the game.
Ugly, yes. Expected, somewhat. But unlike Monday, Marmol was left in the game to clean up the mess he created, and he came out the other side looking confident.
He won't last long if he continues to give up runs in the ninth, and his owners can't be happy with the 20.25 ERA, but Marmol was left in the game even with the tantalizing lefty-lefty matchup and got the job done. With just 55 percent ownership, it looks like there are saves still on the wire for the taking.
Cubs confident in Carlos Marmol
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) Although he pulled closer Carlos Marmol from Monday's opening day win against the Pirates, Cubs manager Dale Sveum still has confidence in the erratic right-hander.
"I'm not concerned about anything right now," Sveum said after the game, per MLB.com. "We got a win. We did it a little unconventional, but the bottom line is [Marmol] is still the closer and we won a ballgame."
Marmol's batterymate, Wellington Castillo, also feels Marmol is key to the team's success.
"We're going to need him," Castillo said of Marmol. "He's the closer and we need him to be in that situation and throw strikes. I can tell that's not him, I know he was a little bit wild. He's better than that. I hope he can turn it around quick."
Carlos Marmol pulled during save situation
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol struggled during the ninth inning against the Pirates.
Marmol entered the game with a three run lead, but was pulled after giving up a run. He lasted just a third of an inning. Marmol gave up one hit and one walk in the appearance. He was replaced by James Russell. Russell recorded another out before Kyuji Fujikawa came in and finished off the game. After the game, manager Dale Sveum said Marmol was still the team's closer.
Carlos Marmol's ugly day no reason to drop him
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/1/2013) If any closer was going to be pulled from a save opportunity on opening day, it would be Carlos Marmol. Despite a strong finish to end last year (1.52 ERA and 12 saves after the All-Star Game) and a ton of striekout potential (11.7 K/9 the past three years), Marmol was pulled after giving up a run, hitting a batter, allowing a steal, and walking a batter on Monday.
The Cubs had James Russell and Kyuji Fujikawa warming up by the third batter of the ninth -- after Marmol had struck out Garrett Jones on a slider that bounced six inches short of home plate -- if that's any indication of how little faith the team has in the incumbent closer. Marmol is streaky and a great candidate to get traded, making him an unattractive Fantasy candidate.
Still, it was 41 degrees at first pitch and Marmol might be forgiven for struggling in the cold weather. He's frustrating, but may get the save call next time out. If you have him on your roster, feel free to get angry, but it's not the time to drop him yet.
Carlos Marmol ends spring on off note
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol ended Grapefruit League play on an off note Saturday, surrendering three earned runs on two hits and a walk while recording just two outs. The poor outing leaves him with a 6.97 ERA and five strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings as well as 11 hits and nine walks.
Marmol seems an unlikely candidate to survive the season as the team's closer with offseason acquisition Kyuji Fujikawa waiting in the wings.
Carlos Marmol's struggles don't concern Dale Sveum
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Despite Carlos Marmol's 4.66 ERA through 11 Cactus League appearances, Cubs manager Dale Sveum told MLB.com on Wednesday that he is not worried about his closer.
Marmol had an ugly outing on Tuesday night in which he was charged with three earned runs while not recording an out.
"He’s been throwing strikes with his fastball," Sveum said. "[Tuesday], he got hit a little bit but it’s still strikes and he’s doing a pretty good job. He had four outings in a row where I think the most pitches he threw were 12."
Marmol has also walked eight batters while striking out only four through 9 2/3 innings this spring.
"There’s no worries there," Sveum said. "It’s spring training, just like you don’t worry about one of your core hitters struggling in spring training because opening day is a different animal with adrenaline and focus and everything gets better."
Reds rough up Carlos Marmol
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Cubs closer Carlos Marmol had a hard time finding his control in Tuesday's Cactus League contest against the Reds. Marmol, who entered the game in the ninth inning, allowed six runs -- three earned -- on four hits and issued a walk without recording an out. He has allowed eight runs in 9 2/3 innings of work this spring.
Carlos Marmol with another scoreless inning
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013) Cubs closer Carlos Marmol made his ninth Cactus League appearance in Thursday's contest against the Mariners. Marmol came on in the eighth inning and pitched a scoreless inning as he faced four batters. He lowered his spring ERA from 2.35 to 2.08.
Marmol bringing down spring ERA
(3/13/2013) Cubs closer Carlos Marmol made his second straight scoreless appearance of the Cactus League on Wednesday against the Rockies. He gave up one hit over his inning of work. Marmol lowered his spring ERA from 3.86 to 3.18 on the outing.
Marmol works perfect frame
(3/10/2013) Cubs closer Carlos Marmol had a sharp outing in Sunday's Cactus League contest against the Padres. The right-hander worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning. Marmol, whose name has come up in numerous trade rumors, has a 3.86 ERA through five spring appearances.
Report: Marmol can expect trade
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/9/2013) According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Cubs officials have told the agent for relief pitcher Carlos Marmol to expect a trade, but no deal appears imminent. Marmol, who could be bumped from the closer spot by new arrival Kyuji Fujikawa, was reportedly on the move to the Angels during the offseason before the Cubs halted the deal. "I cant make the decision. The boss guy makes that decision," said Marmol, who owns a 4.91 ERA this spring. "I cant worry about that. The only thing I have to worry about is to be ready every time they give me the ball."
Marmol can't last an inning
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/7/2013) Cubs closer Carlos Marmol did not last an inning during his outing Thursday against the White Sox in Cactus League play. He came on in the seventh and gave up a ground-rule double to Conor Gillaspie. Seth Loman then picked up an RBI on a groundout for Marmol's lone damage of the afternoon. He was pulled after giving up one hit, walking two and throwing a wild pitch in two-thirds of an inning. He allowed just one run in an 8-3 defeat. He was just kind of missing with his slider, his fastball was just missing, manager Dale Sveum said. It wasnt like he was awful by no means. He just got the pitch count up. The last guy [Bryan Anderson] laid off some pretty good sliders down and in. He put together a pretty good at-bat there.
Marmol on the move?
(3/5/2013) ESPN.com reported on Tuesday that Cubs closer Carlos Marmol will likely be pitching for another team by opening day. The report said that the Tigers, among other clubs, are taking "a hard look" at the right-hander. Detroit had hoped that rookie Bruce Rondon would be able to close this season but his poor start to the spring as many questioning that. Marmol has allowed two runs over three innings so far this spring.
Marmol gives up another run
(3/3/2013) Cubs closer Carlos Marmol made his third appearance of the Cactus League on Sunday against the Angels. He allowed one run on two hits in an inning of work. Marmol has allowed two runs in three innings so far this spring with a 2-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Marmol's success traced to wine
(3/1/2013) According to MLB.com, Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol made a deal last year with Cubs bullpen coach Lester Strode and pitching coach Chris Bosio -- for every time he shook off the catcher's sign, he would buy them one case of wine. The bet was made after an ugly April, at which point Marmol was told that he could no longer disobey the catcher. From that point forward, Marmol had 19 saves, with a 3.02 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings. He bought the coaches one case of wine, after shaking off he catcher just once from May on.
Marmol settles down
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (2/28/2013) Cubs closer Carlos Marmol made his second appearance of the spring Thursday against the As, pitching an inning of relief. Marmol tossed a scoreless inning, striking out one batter and walking one, and looking better than his first outing, in which he allowed a run on a pair of baserunners. Marmol earned a hold in a 5-3 win.
Marmol makes spring debut
(2/24/2013) Cubs closer Carlos Marmol made his first appearance of the spring on Sunday against the Giants. He worked one inning, allowing one run on one hit with a walk. The right-hander also struck out one while throwing 11 pitches, six for strikes.
Marmol learns from mistakes
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/19/2013) ESPN reports Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday he's pleased with how well closer Carlos Marmol has looked this spring. "He's throwing the ball way better than last spring training," Sveum said. "I think he learned a lot last year about his fastball and how to use it. He's throwing strikes with his fastball."
Marmol arrives to camp
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/11/2013) MLB.com reports Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has arrived to spring training in Arizona amid dealing with legal proceedings back in the Dominican Republic stemming from an October incident. Marmol appeared in a Dominican court Friday before arriving in Arizona Sunday night. He might have to return to the Dominican for further legal proceedings.