Closer role up in the air despite Marmol's success

Closer role up in the air despite Marmol's success

CINCINNATI -- Carlos Marmol has six consecutive scoreless outings since he was removed from the closer's role, but manager Dale Sveum said the right-hander isn't ready to get his job back yet.

"He's pitched really well," Sveum said of Marmol. "He's throwing his slider, his slider is breaking. I'm not going to change anything right now."

Who's the Cubs closer? Right now, it will be determined by matchups. Kyuji Fujikawa took over for Marmol, but he then had to go on the disabled list because of a strained right forearm.

"When he comes back, we'll find out how he's throwing, and maybe we have a closer by that time," Sveum said. "If not, [Fujikawa] will obviously pitch late in the game."

Fujikawa stayed in Chicago to do his rehab work, and was throwing from about 120 feet on flat ground.

The Cubs are 3-for-8 in save situations, and five different pitchers each have a blown save (Marmol, Fujikawa, Michael Bowden, James Russell and Shawn Camp).

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.