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Rookie Rafael Dolis is out for now as the Cubs closer and James Russell and possibly Shawn Camp will share the role, manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. Dolis, who had taken over for Carlos Marmol, hit a batter with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Sunday to force in the Pirates’ game-winning run in a 3-2 win over the Cubs.
“That’s the frustrating thing with the back end of the bullpen is giving it up because of walks and hit batters,” Sveum said Sunday. “Nobody is hitting the ball and doing things. We’re imploding by walking guys and hitting guys.”
Dolis, 22, gave up a single and walked two batters before he hit Matt Hague with a pitch.
“It’s a combination of youth and being put in a situation he probably shouldn’t be put in, for obvious reasons,” Sveum said of Dolis, who was projected to be one of the Cubs set-up pitchers this season but was switched after Marmol struggled. “It’s funny because he started out doing a nice job. Now it’s a combination of making sure you repeat the mechanics that he has in the bullpen. He’s throwing great bullpens and he gets on the mound and wants to recoil and fall off and do these things. It’s a matter of being able to get on the mound, no matter what inning it is or how many outs, and repeat your delivery and throw back to back quality pitches.”
Russell has four career saves, none this year. Camp is 10-for-23 in save opportunities in his career.
“We’ll see how it all pans out,” Sveum said. “Hopefully, [Matt] Garza throws nine innings and we won’t have to worry about it.”
Marmol, currently on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, will make his second rehab outing Sunday for Triple-A Iowa and could join the Cubs Monday or Tuesday when they open a brief three-game homestand against the Padres.
– Carrie Muskat
Paul Maholm closes the Cubs quickie two-game series in St. Louis today, and the team then heads home for another two-game set against the Phillies, starting Wednesday night.
* Shawn Camp won his second straight game on Monday, and is the first Cubs pitcher to win consecutive games since Jeff Samardzija did so last June 13-14 against the Brewers.
* Bryan LaHair has reached base safely in a team-high 31 straight games. Only four Cubs first basemen since 1945 have had longer streaks:
Phil Cavarretta: 32 games, June 10-July 12, 1945
Andre Thornton: 33 games, Aug. 5-Sept. 13, 1975
Bill Buckner: 32 games, April 9-Aug. 10, 1981
Derrek Lee: 32 games, April 2-May 10, 2007
* LaHair’s streak is second-longest in the Major Leagues, trailing the Rangers’ Elvis Andrus (32 games)
* Ian Stewart needs one RBI for 200.
* Pitching matchups against the Phillies:
RHP Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56) vs. RHP Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07)
Thursday: RHP Chris Volstad (0-5, 6.92) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20)
* Looking ahead to the Cubs Interleague series vs. the White Sox, it’ll be Philip Humber vs. Samardzija on Friday; John Danks vs. Ryan Dempster on Saturday; and Jake Peavy vs. Maholm on Sunday at Wrigley Field.
– Carrie Muskat
Dale Sveum didn’t see Kerry Wood throw his glove and cap into the stands after Tuesday’s game but he understood why Wood did it.
“Do I care? Of course, I care,” Sveum said. “I don’t condone it or wish it to happen all the time. We all know in this game that there’s frustration that happens and sometimes we regret things we do. We’re not perfect human beings. I missed the whole thing, so I didn’t see any of that.”
The game was tied at 1 in the eighth when Wood took over and he walked two batters and gave up two hits, including a game-winning two-run single by the Braves’ Dan Uggla. Has managing the bullpen been a challenge for Sveum?
“I guess you could say that,” Sveum said. “We’re always trying to be optimistic about the team. On the other hand, we’ve had some guys step up and do a great job.”
He complimented James Russell and Shawn Camp and said rookie Rafael Dolis has done well in clutch situations.
“We’ve had a lot of bright spots, too,” Sveum said. “A month in, you’re dealing with situations and how to handle them and what roles. It’s not that cut and dry, seventh, eighth and ninth guys, that’s for sure.”
Wood was making his second appearance since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. He’s now given up seven runs on six hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings in six games this season.
“It’s just a matter of getting comfortable and in a rhythm and bottom line, throwing strikes and being able to use your fastball and getting back in counts,” Sveum said. “He still has to be able to use that breaking ball. There’s a lot of things to work on. Sometimes it just takes a few times on the mound.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs added another arm to the bullpen mix on Monday, signing right-hander Shawn Camp to a Minor League deal. He was in the Mariners camp this spring and released on March 21, right before Seattle was headed to Japan to play. Camp had his suitcase packed and was ready to go when he got the news. Last season, he appeared in 67 games with the Blue Jays and compiled a 4.21 ERA. In 2010, he had a 2.99 ERA in 70 games with Toronto. Camp has a career 4.40 ERA, and has pitched for the Royals, Rays and Blue Jays.
“I was a little surprised,” Camp said about being released. “I was having a good spring, came in on a Major League deal. They decided to go in a different direction. They decided to go with youth. For me, it was kind of a shock. To tell you the truth, it doesn’t surprise me.
“I’m glad to be here,” Camp said. “I played for Dale [Sveum] in the Minor Leagues. He’s a great manager.”
He is well aware there are openings in the Cubs bullpen.
“I’ll just come in and do what I do,” he said. “I can only worry about what I can control. The most important part is I just want to pitch.”
In seven games this spring, he’s given up two runs on eight hits and three walks over 8 1/3 innings for a 2.16 ERA with six strikeouts.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs had a new reliever in spring camp on Monday, right-handed pitcher Shawn Camp. He was in the Mariners camp and about to go to Japan on their trip but released on March 21. He signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs. Last season, he appeared in 67 games with the Blue Jays, compiling a 4.21 ERA. In 2010, he had a 2.99 ERA in 70 games with Toronto. Camp has pitched for the Royals, Rays and Blue Jays and has a career 4.40 ERA.
– Carrie Muskat