Cubs remove Marmol from closer role
Sveum says he talked to Marmol in his office on Friday morning, and the right-hander understood the decision. The first-year manager says he plans to close games by committee for now, featuring right-hander Rafael Dolis and left-hander James Russell.
The move comes one day after a particularly embarrassing blown opportunity in Cincinnati, when Marmol issued three walks and failed to record an out as the Cubs blew a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning.
Marmol is 0-1 with two saves in four chances and an ugly 6.23 ERA in 12 games this season.