SAN FRANCISCO -- Carlos Marmol is throwing strikes, which is what Cubs manager Dale Sveum wants to see. But that doesn't mean the right-hander will automatically be back as the closer.
Marmol has thrown three scoreless, hitless innings since returning from the disabled list Monday. He has struck out four in those three innings and not walked anyone.
"That's a good sign," Sveum said Sunday about the lack of walks by Marmol. "The bullpen is finally shaping up a little bit, not that we have guys set in any role. To their credit, they've done a good job in whatever role I've put them in. I've called down there and [James] Russell gets up in the seventh or ninth or whatever."
Marmol was 2-for-4 in save situations and had walked 18 in 11 1/3 innings before losing the job as closer, and Sveum isn't concerned about getting Marmol back into it.
"I'm not setting any goals to get anybody anywhere except to win baseball games somehow and keep the other team from scoring once their starter is out of there," Sveum said. "The bottom line is to work the matchups as best as you possibly can to keep the other team from scoring."