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Cubs haven't given up on Marmol as closer

The Cubs want Carlos Marmol to rebuild his confidence before making him the closer again. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

CHICAGO -- Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio said Monday morning that the long-range plan for Carlos Marmol includes returning him to the closer's role.

"We want him to be our closer," Bosio told ESPNChicago.com. "We want all our players to do well, and Carlos is not any different than anyone in this room."

After losing a game in Atlanta on Saturday night, Marmol's role was given to Kyuji Fujikawa. Marmol will pitch in the sixth or seventh inning until he can rebuild his command and confidence level.

Marmol lost the closer's role last April but reclaimed the job in the second half of the 2012 season.

"We talk about where to use him all of the time," Bosio said. "We are going to put him in a position where he can succeed. Nobody feels worse than Carlos, he understands the position he is in and right now he understands that different role. He handled it like a pro as we expected him to. This has been a roller coaster season already and we haven't even had a home game yet."

Marmol has more appearances than any pitcher in baseball since 2007.

Fujikawa had 219 saves in Japan before signing a two-year contract with the Cubs last fall.

"My job isn't that much different," Fujikawa said through a team translator. "The responsibility is a little greater because the team is counting on you to bring in the victory."

Fujikawa was asked if his approach will be different in his new role?

"Maybe," he said. "That will be between me and the team."

Manager Dale Sveum will try to rebuild Marmol through the same system that he used last April.

"He'll work in games where we are behind in the middle of the game," Sveum said. "We want to see him build some confidence back up. What he will work on is obviously pitch selection, we have to get him to throw more fastballs than he did last year. That said we don't want to get fastball-happy because he is a slider guy who gets people out with his slider."