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Cubs Replace Marmol With Closer Combo

May 04, 2012 2:01 PM EST

The Cubs have decided to remove Carlos Marmol as their closer, replacing him with a combination of left-hander James Russell and right-hander Rafael Dolis.

"I called [Marmol] into the office and told him he is not the closer right now," Dave Sveum said.

"We will wing that situation in the ninth inning between Russell and Dolis depending on the matchup, and I told Marmol to be ready to pitch at any time."

Marmol walked three of the five batters he faced in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Reds, wasting eight shutout innings by Ryan Dempster.

He said after the game that he hoped to remain the closer, but knows the manager makes the final choice.

"You lose a game like that, I'm embarrassed right now," Marmol said.

Via Associated Press