CHICAGO -- Trying to help Carlos Marmol get his stuff -- and his confidence -- back, Cubs manager Mike Quade put him in the game in the ninth inning on Monday night with a five-run lead.
Marmol walked two and struck out two in a somewhat shaky 29-pitch performance, getting his pitching legs back under him in the Cubs’ 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The outing wasn’t good enough for Quade to pronounce Marmol the closer again just yet.
“Right now, I’m happy he threw well today,” Quade said. “He looked better to me today. So now we look at the makeup of the bullpen as much as anything.”
That’s Quade-speak for saying that Sean Marshall will likely still be the Cubs’ closer until Marmol totally gets it back together.
“I’ve learned a lot,” Marmol said of his side work with pitching coach Mark Riggins. “Now I can feel my slider a little bit and the fastball too. I’ll just keep working and see what happens.”
Quade removed Marmol from the closers’ role after two bad outings against the Florida Marlins last week. This was Marmol’s first outing since being pulled on July 15.