6/25 Carlos Marmol gone
The Cubs designated Carlos Marmol for assignment, and selected the contract of outfielder Brian Bogusevic. Marmol, 30, lost his job as the closer after the first week of the season, and was 2-4 with two saves and a 5.86 ERA in 31 relief appearances this season. The game that may have decided his fate was June 16 in New York when he blew a three-run lead in the ninth in a 4-3 loss to the Mets.
“I feel great,” Marmol said last Thursday. “I’m waiting for the opportunity to pitch. We’ll see.”
He did get in a game in the eighth that day against the Cardinals, and retired the first two Cardinals batters before Pete Kozma reached on an infield single. Pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton then lined out to Marmol to end the inning. It was efficient, which is how Marmol had been in four outings prior to the June 16 implosion.
– Carrie Muskat