Cubs Reluctant to Approve Carlos Marmol’s “Pitch Every Single Day of the Year” Approach

February 11, 2009

(Chicago, IL) – We’re just a few days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, and Chicago Cubs management is buzzing with excitement about this year’s squad.

But one item has the front office and manager Lou Piniella concerned. Projected closer Carlos Marmol, who threw more out of the pen than almost any other reliever in baseball last year, is pitching in a great deal of competitive ball, before the season even starts.

Marmol has already pitched in the Dominican Winter League and the league playoffs this year, and is planning to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Naturally, the Cubs are concerned about Marmol’s arm, but he says it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

“I don’t know what they’re getting all concerned about,” Marmol said. “It’s all just a part of my regular offseason routine. I make sure to throw 100 to 150 pitches every day at full speed, emphasis on the hard breaking stuff where I really jerk my arm, you know, to stay fresh.”

“It’s really not a big deal,” Marmol continued with regards to the WBC. “I would be pitching in practice sessions anyway, but instead, I’ll just be pitching for the Dominican Republic in the WBC. And also the United States and Japan. But usually not on the same day. And I’ve asked the coaches to limit me to 100 pitches. No fuss.”

But management is indeed fussing.

“I just don’t think it’s a good idea for a kid to throw quite that often,” Jim Hendry said Tuesday. “If you’re going use your arm every day, I can think of much better things to do. Although I guess that didn’t work out for Carlos Quentin.”

Marmol will make a decision about the WBC shortly, and then will pitch in the regular season, and then will pitch in the playoffs, and then will probably have surgery of some kind.

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