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|Posted: Fri May 4th, 2012 04:44 pm||
|CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum informed Carlos Marmol Friday that he is out as the closer, a day after the struggling reliever blew a 3-0 ninth-inning lead in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Sveum said he will use a combination of left-hander James Russell and right-hander Rafael Dolis to close games for now.
Marmol walked three of the five batters he faced in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Reds, wasting eight shutout innings by Ryan Dempster.
Marmol said after the game that he hoped to remain the closer, but knows the manager makes the final choice.
"You lose a game like that, I'm embarrassed right now," Marmol said.
The coaching staff has been trying to get Marmol to throw strikes with his fastball. But his wildness with his slider is what has made things the most troubling.
"It's the same story again," Sveum said Thursday. "Throwing 3-0 sliders when you have three-run leads is just not acceptable. Nothing else can happen except a two-run homer and nobody is on base. Somehow we have to make adjustments there to throw fastball in these situations."
Marmol has converted just two of five save chances this season and has a 6.23 ERA with 12 walks in 8 2/3 innings. He got the save with a perfect inning in a 3-1 victory over the Reds Wednesday, but he went to a full count on the first batter, while the second batter flew out to the base of the left-field wall.
Russell, who has no career saves, hasn't given up an earned run in nine appearances, spanning 7 2/3 innings. Dolis, who took the blown save and then the loss Thursday, has a 3.52 ERA and one save in 13 games this season.