Thoughts on Marmol; Castro sits (UPDATED)

Thoughts on Marmol; Castro sits (UPDATED)

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 14:51

MILWAUKEE – The Carlos Marmol era with the Cubs is over, and whatever you think of Marmol, he always was a standup guy who faced the media music whether he saved a game or blew the save chance.

“He never ducked anything,” said his agent, Paul Kinzer. “It’s a shame the fans didn’t get to see that side of him more.”

The Cubs designated Marmol for assignment today. They also selected the contract of outfielder Brian Bogusevic for assignment. Third baseman Ian Stewart and the Cubs also reached agreement on Stewart being released. The 10-game suspension Stewart received for his Twitter ran while he was with Class AAA Iowa was upheld.

We’ll talk with Cubs GM Jed Hoyer before tonight’s game against the Brewers and update all situations here and in the paper tomorrow.

UPDATE: Slumping shortstop Starlin Castro will not start tonight. Cody Ransom plays shortstop and bats eighth. Castro has played in 269 consecutive games. We'll talk with manager Dale Sveum in just a bit.

The end for Marmol really came on June 16 in New York, when he gave up 3 hits and 4 runs in one-third of an inning and blowing what looked to be a sure victory over the Mets. Marmol pitched again June 20 at St. Louis, but manager Dale Sveum did not use him in the weekend series against the Astros.

Marmol finished this season with the Cubs 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. He had 2 saves in 5 chances after originally losing his closer’s job to Kyuji Fujikawa early in the season. For his Cubs career, Marmol was 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 117 saves, which rank third most in Cubs history. He was a National League all-star in 2008, and he holds the franchise mark with 82 holds.

The Cubs have 10 days to trade or release Marmol. He was in the final season of a three-year, $20 million contract and is due $9.8 million.

“I think it’s good for all concerned,” Kinzer said. “It gives Carlos the chance for a fresh start. And the Cubs can turn the page.”

As for the rest of it, Bogusevic joins the Cubs after having gone to spring training as a nonroster invitee. He is a native of south suburban Oak Lawn and has played 252 big-league games for the Astros with a hitting line of .227/.310/.346 with 11 homers. He began his pro career as a pitcher.

At Iowa this year, he had a line of .319/.418/.512 with 14 doubles, 3 triples, 10 homers, 32 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 78 games. The move gets the Cubs back to 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

From the game notes: The Cubs’ 31-43 record marks a 5-game improvement on the 26-48 record through the same number of games last year. They have a minus-12 run differential compared with a minus-63 run differential through 74 games a year ago … Second baseman Darwin Barney has played 60 errorless games to start the season (he began on the DL). He has a 63-game errorless streak overall dating to last Sept. 30 … Cubs starting pitchers have 45 quality starts, tied for fourth most in the NL. They have quality starts in 8 of their last 10 outings. The Cubs are 26-19 when they get a quality start, and the starters have an ERA of 2.07 in those games. When they don’t get a quality start, the Cubs are 5-24, and the starters’ ERA is 7.22 in those games.

MINOR-LEAGUE ROUNDUP

Class AAA Iowa scored 6 runs in the eighth to beat Memphis 6-1. Brooks Raley got the win with 7 innings of 4 hit shutout ball. He walked one and struck out four in improving to 6-5 with a 4.94 ERA. Donnie Murphy was 2-for-4.

Class AA Tennessee snapped a three-game losing, streak, beating Jackson 5-1. Alberto Cabrera got the win with 8 innings pitched. He gave up 3 hits and the run. Cabrera walked two and struck out 13. He’s 7-3 with a 3.53 ERA.

Justin Bour hit a pair of homers, giving him 5 for the season and local guy Elliot Soto hit his first homer.

Class A Daytona won it third straight, beating Lakeland 6-5 in 12 innings. Recently promoted (from Kane County) Pierce Johnson worked 6 innings and gave up 6 hits and 3 runs while walking two and striking out six. He got no decision. Wes Darvil was 3-for-6 with a run. John Andreoli was 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. Tim Saunders reached four times, going 2-for-3 with 2 walks. The Florida State League named Matt Loosen the pitcher of the week for the period ending June 23. In 1 start, he tossed 6 shutout innings while striking out eight.

The Kane County Cougars were off. They host Beloit tonight.

Boise (A) lost its fourth straight, a 5-3, 11-inning defeat to Spokane. Starting pitcher Trey Lang tossed 4 innings and gave up 2 hits and 2 runs. Recent draft pick Jacob Hannemann was 3-for-6 with 2 doubles and an RBI. The Northwest League named Paul Blackburn pitcher of the week for the period of June 14-23. In 2 starts, Blackburn was 0-0 with an 0.00 ERA in 10 innings pitched. He allowed 4 hits and gave up 1 walk while striking out 12.

Mesa (Rookie) lost 13-3 to the Angels. Chang-Yong Lim worked an inning, giving up 3 hits

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