Carlos Marmol continues to confuse himself and his team, the Chicago Cubs. Marmol has gone back and forth on whether he will pitch for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic later this month. After announcing that he would skip the WBC to stay with the Cubs 2 weeks ago, Marmol has changed his mind again, and will leave Cubs camp on Tuesday to join his country’s team to continue his spring training.
Marmol is in a spring battle with newly acquired Kevin Gregg for the Cubs’ closer position. Manager Lou Pinella has assured Marmol that if chose to play in the WBC, that would not adversely affect his ability to land the closer role. That made Marmol feel comfortable skipping the rest of spring training with the Cubs and to go play for coaches Felipe Alou and Stan Javier who were instrumental in convincing Marmol that it would be an honor to compete for his country on an international level.
Not good news for Cubs fans, but at least he has gotten a good 3 weeks of work in with the Cubs so far. Hopefully he won’t be over-used in the WBC.