8/3 Gregg has "tired arm;" Marmol to close Monday
If Kevin Gregg was asked, he would pitch Monday night. But Lou Piniella wants to give the Cubs closer a couple days off because of a tired arm. Gregg blew consecutive save opportunities Saturday and Sunday against the Marlins.
“I think we’ll give him a little time off tonight,” Piniella said prior to Monday’s game. “Hopefully, we can give him some time off tonight and tomorrow. He has a little bit of a tired arm. There’s no pain in any particular area but just achy. What I’m going to do is talk to him and if that’s the case, we can stay away from him. We’ve got to know it.”
Gregg was credited with the win Saturday as the Cubs rallied in the 10th for the win. Piniella checked with the closer before Sunday’s game, and again in the sixth before calling on Gregg for the ninth. The Marlins hit back to back homers off the right-hander for the 3-2 walkoff win.
“Closers take a lot of responsibility and they feel, and rightfully so, they can pitch through anything,” Piniella said. “Sometimes you have to be a little more realistic.”
Carlos Marmol would sub as the closer Monday.
Piniella was still recovering from Sunday’s loss.
“I dont know if I got my breath from that finish from yesterday,” he said. “The first [home run] took the air out of me and the second one, I needed a tank to get from the dugout to the clubhouse. That’s the quickest ending I’ve ever seen. That was good morning, good afternoon, good night. Unbelievable.”
The bullpen is a little overworked after the starters totaled 14 out of 28 innings vs. the Marlins. Will Carlos Zambrano be in the pen to help out?
“I haven’t talked to the ‘Z-man’ yet,” Piniella said.
The answer is probably no.
— Carrie Muskat