MESA, Ariz. Carlos Marmol planned to play catch on Thursday, and go through his regular running and weightlifting routine.
No worries, Marmol said. Everythings normal.
The Cubs closer was removed from Tuesdays game with a cramp in his right hand. An MRI taken afterward near Marmols neck thats where the nerve is located that led to the hand cramp revealed no significant nerve injury, according to a team spokesman.
Marmol expects to next pitch in a Cactus League game on Monday, and make back-to-back appearances sometime next week to gear up for the season.
I feel great, Marmol said. Everythings going fine.
Marmol has thrown more than 5,800 pitches across the past four seasons. Manager Dale Sveum didnt know the number, but knew it had to be astronomical. During that time, Marmol has appeared in 313 games, usually in high-stress situations. Hes willing to pay the price.
I dont think about that, Marmol said. Im going to continue pitching every day if they ask me to do it. I feel great. Im going to pitch every time they give me the ball. Thats why I like (the job). Thats what Im supposed to be.