8/18 Marmol to close
Carlos Marmol will handle the closer duties for now, taking over for Kevin Gregg, who gave up four runs in the ninth inning Monday night to the Padres. Lou Piniella and pitching coach Larry Rothschild met with Gregg Tuesday.
“If you look at it for what it is, out of 10 games, I’ve had three bad ones,” Gregg said. “To me, I’m getting beat now with the home run. I looked at the computer and I’ve given up more home runs this year than extra-base hits last year. That’s discouraging. That’s the volatility of the closer. I’ve pitched pretty good all year and had three bad games in August here.”
Marmol admitted Tuesday he was a little “disappointed” when he lost the competition for the closer’s job this spring.
“I’ll take the baseball and do whatever Lou wants me to do,” Marmol said.
— Carrie Muskat