3/20 Marmol has cramp; to undergo MRI

Cubs closer Carlos Marmol had to come out of Tuesday’s game with a cramp in his right hand. He was to undergo an MRI as a precautionary measure. The right-hander started the seventh inning and got the first two batters out, then hit the Rangers’ Chris Robinson. Marmol threw two pitches to Mike Olt and athletic trainer Ed Halbur and manager Dale Sveum went to the mound, and the right-hander was pulled.

Dale Sveum noticed the pitcher flexing his right hand after his last pitch and went to the mound with athletic trainer Ed Halbur. Marmol was then lifted, although he argued to stay in the game.

“When I talked to him, it was something he said he had before and it always seems to happen in Spring Training,” Sveum said. “It was a cramp in his hand. There was nothing in his elbow, forearm, nothing like that. He wasn’t too worried about it. He said, ‘It’s fine now, it’s gone away,’ and he wanted to stay in the game.”

This was Marmol’s sixth spring appearance and third in a row in which he was not scored upon. In his last three outings, he’s given up one hit and walked two while striking out two over 2 2/3 innings. In his previous two outings, he’d been charged with seven runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings.

Sveum said when he first saw Marmol’s reaction after his last pitch, he was worried that the injury was more serious.

“Thank God it was just [a hand cramp] — that was kind of a throw that looked like an elbow thing,” Sveum said.

— Carrie Muskat 


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Hand cramps are usually brief, but they can be severe and painful, and sometimes accompany a tingling or burning sensation (paresthesia). This is a common in those with diabetes and others who have suffered damage to the peripheral nerves (peripheral neuropathy, a disorder that causes dysfunction of nerves that lie outside your brain and spinal cord). Dehydration is a common cause for cramping due to low levels of calcium, magnesium, and fluids in the body. Heat exhaustion can lead to dehydration and cramping in the muscles of the hand and other extremities like your legs…

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