Marmol, Clevenger progressing in rehab stints

Marmol, Clevenger progressing in rehab stints

CHICAGO -- Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol was able to play catch Wednesday, and catcher Steve Clevenger swung a bat for the first time since going on the disabled list.

Marmol has been on the disabled list since May 12 with a strained right hamstring. He said it's the first time he's experienced that kind of injury. The good news for Marmol is that the MRI he had showed the injury wasn't severe. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the right-hander could be ready in 10 days.

And Marmol?

"I should be ready to go," Marmol said. "The way I've been working, I think I'll be fine."

Clevenger has been sidelined since April 26 with a strained right oblique, and on Wednesday took 15 swings off a batting tee and another 15 swings on the side.

"It went good and felt good," Clevenger said.

Both he and Marmol have had enough of the athletic trainer's room.

"I've never really been on the DL before in my career," Clevenger said. "I'm bored. I don't like being in the trainer's room."

Clevenger is ahead of schedule and could be activated as early as May 25.

"It was supposed to be a four- to six-week injury," he said. "I'm coming along good and keep progressing every day."