It seems everybody has an idea or a theory on what the Cubs should do with Carlos Marmol.
The only opinion that matters is that of manager Dale Sveum. Pitching coach Chris Bosio deferred to Sveum when asked Sunday how the Cubs will use Marmol going forward.
Marmol, the former closer who has struggled mightily this year, took the loss in Saturday’s 6-4 defeat to the Reds, as he walked two batters and hit a third in the eighth inning.
Sveum said the Cubs will keep running Marmol out there.
“We’re really in no different situation than we were yesterday,” Sveum said “Obviously he had a bad outing and couldn’t throw strikes. But nothing’s changed in that fashion right now. Like I said, he’s one of the seven guys, and he’s got to pitch, and we’ll get him back out there in some fashion.
“You can’t hide people. They have to pitch.”
Bosio said Marmol’s mechanics, which have been dissected many times, are not the issue.
“He’s got to be better,” Bosio said. “He’s got to pitch better. The biggest thing with Carlos is just concentration from pitch to pitch. Bottom line is him, along with everybody else, we’ve got to do our part and be better across the board.
“The biggest thing with Carlos is his concentration with executing the pitch. I think when Carlos gets in trouble, along with the rest of the guys, is they get going too fast.
“Yesterday was a classic case of that. You’ve just got to slow it all down, visualize the pitch and execute the pitch. He’s certainly capable of doing that.”
Marmol worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning in Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Reds, throwing 11 pitches, 7 strikes.
“I feel great today,” he said afterward. “I threw a lot of strikes today, and my slider was a little better. Hopefully I can keep getting outs 1-2-3. I’m glad he gave me the ball. I told him I want to pitch, no matter what. He gave me the ball. He trusts me, and I had 1 good inning today.”
Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa began his minor-league rehab Sunday at Class AAA Iowa, working 1 scoreless inning and giving up no hits with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. He threw 21 pitches, 11 strikes.
Fujikawa, who has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a right-forearm strain, is likely to get one more rehab appearance, perhaps at Class AA Tennessee.
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Edwin Jackson is 1-5 with an 8.53 ERA at Wrigley Field in 7 career starts after Sunday’s loss. … Anthony Rizzo extended a hit streak to six games (10-for-24). … Reds manager Dusty Baker got the 1,559th career managerial victory, tying him with Tommy Lasorda for 18th all time.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.